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Showing posts with label aesthetics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label aesthetics. Show all posts
I Cried for Madder Music...

I Cried for Madder Music...

The title is a quote from a poem by Ernest Dowson--the next phrase is "and stronger wine" but that doesn't fit my theme as well. What I'm concerned about is the dull seriousness mus…

The Future of Music

The Future of Music

This is a topic that has never hugely interested me, but Ted Gioia and others have written a lot about it. He just dropped an interesting essay for subscribers only, but it has this provocative exce…

The Argument for Aesthetics

The Argument for Aesthetics

The prolific Ted Gioia has just done us a very big favor in digging into the issue of fake artists on streaming media. I'll refer you to his post to get the whole story:  The Fake Artists Proble…

Popular and Unpopular

Popular and Unpopular

Time was when composers, John Cage for example, luxuriated in their unpopularity, thinking that if they were liked they must be doing something wrong. That seems to have entirely gone away. Everyone …

Wittgenstein, Duke Ellington and a Private Language

Wittgenstein, Duke Ellington and a Private Language

I want to preface this discussion by saying it is kind of an addendum to a post from five years ago when I took up the issue of objective aesthetic value at some length. That post is called Philosoph…

In the times of Covid 19 - mexinter

In the times of Covid 19 - mexinter

Now that Corona is a bitter truth of life and we understand, it is here to stay for a while, how can we better equip ourselves? Let's give that a thought. Masks : Masks are compulsory but do not …

In Search of a New Aesthetic

In Search of a New Aesthetic

I am so concerned with the problem of aesthetics because, in the last century, the overwhelming aesthetic principle has been, in the phrase of Ezra Pound: "Make it New!" That is, aesthetic …