Saturday, July 14, 2007

Culturally neutral music

To all those who claim that no music is culturally neutral and that it is impossible to have music that transcends culture, one very prominent piece of music from the NPM convention should enter consideration:



In what culture would this piece of music ever be inconsistent with the culture around it??

This is an important point, I think. Modern thought has convinced many that music is ultimately a matter of preference and that we should simply cater to as many tastes as possible. Examples like this suggest otherwise.

3 Comments:

At Monday, July 16, 2007 8:51:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In what culture would this piece of music ever be inconsistent with the culture around it??

Precisely why I prefer the 2-tone "amen" ;)

-Gavin

 
At Tuesday, July 17, 2007 9:17:00 PM, Anonymous brandon field said...

Modern thought has concluded that morality (and ultimately reality) is a matter of preference. Why would music be otherwise?

 
At Tuesday, July 17, 2007 10:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brandon:

The 2-tone Amen (rising a whole step in the last syllabe) is generally a more solemn form. If you are accusing me of preferring more solemn liturgy, I am indeed guilty as charged!

-Gavin

 

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