Re: [rumori] radio boy liner notes

From: Michael Howes (
Date: Sun Jan 13 2002 - 19:48:27 PST

>So, let's review. ALL MUSIC has now become various forms of folk music,
>right? Including the avant guard. You can reiterate music in "new"
>interpretations in any of these forms forever, but you will always be
>directly building on some kind of formal invention that has already been
>discovered by your musical forefathers no matter what you make of it now,
>which is just as interesting as following the evolution of folk music is.
>Formally speaking, only reinterpretations are now possible, but with
>nothing original at it's structural foundation, as remained possible in
>music for so long. And I'm not a stickler for 1970 because it's just an
>approximate guess where that Century's true musical form redifinitions
>actually cut-off for all practical purposes, but it's certainly clear they
>HAVE cut-off by now.

  hmm...."ALL MUSIC"? Folk music?

  I wanna know your definition of folk music before I agree with that.

I can think of 3 definitions.....

first mine...
  a. music that has finally been pried away from academia.....

  b. something that becomes tradition....or put different is actually kept
stagnant on purpose.

  c. and then the hard in stanza form....I got that
right from the dictionary.

  if you use any of the above 3 or something close, I'd agree with your
point but say 99% of all music.
I still think most modern classical has no general appeal, appreciation, or
understanding with any portion of the public beyond maybe 2%. It's hard to
imagine something as "folk" when the public in general does understand or
take part in it in ANY way. I'm not convinced acceptance will EVER happen.
If you think of folk, more along the lines of b., then yes....modern
classical, like all other forms of music, is often fighting to stay
stagnant instead of moving forward....and the few sad attempts to move
forward are part of silly academic exercises by the naive.


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