John passes along this article from NPR that explains so much about (a) the nature of today’s music; and (b) why we need to give a song more than once chance before we deliver judgement on it.
A couple of years ago, music psychologist Elizabeth Margulis
decided to make some alterations to the music of Luciano Berio
. Berio was one of the most famous classical composers of the 20th century, a man internationally recognized for the dramatic power of his compositions. But Margulis didn’t worry much about disrupting Berio’s finely crafted music. After loading his most famous piece into a computer editing program, she just randomly started cutting.”I just went in and whenever there was a little pause on either side of something, I grabbed that out and then I’d stick it back in — truly without regard to aesthetic intent,” she says. “I wasn’t trying to craft anything compelling.”
The idea behind this vandalism was simple: Margulis wanted to see if she could make people like Berio’s music more by making it more repetitive.
What happened is quite fascinating. Keep reading.