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Music [May. 29th, 2007|05:05 pm]

I've had the pleasure of enjoying a lot of great music in the past few days. Last Friday I saw Monolake at the Empty Bottle, and he was excellent as usual. The weekend included a brief trip to Detroit to see Rhythm & Sound and whatever else of the festival we could catch on Saturday, where an unexpected highlight was Guido Schneider. And today I was looking at Monolake's site, and I'd like to note that this is, so far, one of the few good things I've ever read on the subject of techno performance, and I'm quite looking forward to the rest. Then I happened to see this in a brief interview on repetition:
To distinguish good and bad repetitive art, one must listen or watch carefully. Repetitive art can be very subtil but the seemingly simple nature of it gives the unexperienced observer the illusion that the art is simple in itself. Unfortunately the mass of uninspired repetitve dance music does not help the reputation of this genre. I would assume, everyone who could see and hear Steve Reichs Music for 18 Musicians performed live would have to agree that this is truly amazing music.
I'm not at all sure that I'd agree with his assumption, but as I'm looking forward to seeing a live performance of that very piece in a couple of hours, I found this quite a happy coincidence.

From: nhennies
2007-05-29 10:37 pm (UTC)
I like Music for 18 Musicians alright but I'm pretty tired of the universal acceptance it enjoys. I don't think it's as good as his earlier work like Drumming and the phase pieces and I think enjoys so much praise because it so closely resembles tonal music. I'm not sure that what people are liking is the complexity or "interesting-ness" (like this guy suggests in the quote you posted) so much as the comforting feeling the music has.

Then again, maybe I'm just a fusspot. :)
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[User Picture]From: sntx
2007-06-18 05:28 pm (UTC)
Incidentally and belatedly, I actually agree with you, but I also do like the piece well enough (you might say it comforts me, ha) and the performance was actually pretty good. And free, too.
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From: nhennies
2007-06-18 05:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's good music. I just don't think it's some monument in musical history like a lot of people seem to.

Funny, I was just thinking about this last night and wondering if you ever read it.
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