top of page

Industrial objectivication

Setting up a Patreon site on Ear Logic, the fastest brain activity, and the source of a great deal of trouble in a society ill prepared to acknowledge, much less respect it. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the recording industry has done everything in its power to make real listening irrelevant. The focus on perfection, on objectifying music, has made live performance treacherous. It had already reached a point 20 years ago when I became aware that students were leaving black spaces between movements, as a CD goes blank between tracks, even in cases where the composer had made specific connection from one movement to the next — a favorite trick of Brahms, for example. When I commented on this to a colleague at Mannes she was quiet for a moment, then agreed: “Oh! Of course!” She had not noticed it on her own.

4 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

What's wrong with a sad song?

I remember as a kid being intrigued by the song "Oh, my darlin' Clementine." Sure sounds like a sad story. Can't be! But it is fun to sing it exaggerating its tragic surface. There is a young boy wh

Hearing is Believing

Every time I cross 109th St. on my way up or downtown I cast a glance at the apartment building on the corner of 109 and Riverside Drive, the former residence of Hannah Arendt. Her essays in The New Y

Anybody home?

Funny, how we take for granted that someone is listening when we talk to them. Do you recall ever talking to someone who wasn't paying the slightest attention to you and/or to what you were saying? T


bottom of page