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Evaluation and more

Michael Newton (mjnewt@tartarus.uwa.edu.au)
Sun, 15 Jun 1997 16:33:44 +0800 (WST)

> What has happened with how we make music or think about music or use music
> that causes it to elude being quantified or qualified.
It has fragmented into so many little bits it is impossible to quantify or
evaluate unless you have a good knowledge of the section that you are
looking at. There is no way you could evaluate hip hop by classical
standards, without sounding like a like a imperialist set on bringing
civilisation to the world. Whose civilisation?, and what type is better or
>
> I know when I THINK I have encountered bad art. But it is so personalized
> my particular history and state of mind even that brought me to that

But how do you know, you may think it is, but by the standards of the
person, or group that produced it, it may be ground braking stuff.

> It's very hard to know what someone means when they describe something.
Yes, language has multiple meanings, and I don't think corporate use of
language helps either. I work part time at Coles Supermarkets, and the
prostitution of language (spelling, word meaning etc.) is saddening.

*Is the same happening to music?*

> Is there any popular art that is removed from a "scene"?
If it's removed from a scene can it be popular? ie. if it's popular isn't
it ipso facto part of some sort of scene?

Mike