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Re: How To Evaluate-Judge-Quantify

Dick Higgins (dhiggins@mhv.net)
Wed, 11 Jun 1997 06:39:21 -0500

>>Very keen observer. This is true. Part of the problem is that these styules
>>are not designed for multiple hearings. They shoot their wad on one-shot
>>hearings. The trick is to write music for multiple hearings, poems for
>>multiple reading, theater for multiple versions, paintings for living with.
>>Only that way ois there any futuire at all. The rest is disposable music
>>for disposable people. Hopefully that ain't us.
>>
>>Dick
>
>Could you elaborate here? What allows for a work of art to have greater or
>less repeatability?
>
Density.

>I have listened to some so called "pop forms" trip hop and hip hop to name
>a few and found much complexity?
>
Occasionally, but most so-called "classical music" of the imperial age (ca.
1600-1914) attempts it and most contermporary music seems to pried itself
on its ephemerality. Or no?

I will be away till 19. June. I weill think about your ideas (and my
answers) till then.

Dick Higgins

>For me in music - there is usually foreground and background - the music
>that allows me to return several or more times usually is rich in "middle
>ground"...
>
>Rico

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