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The Future of Music

May 12th, 2010 — 10:24am

The vaunted future of music is a favorite topic with critics. Here we raise the possibility that a turning point has been reached.

Music is many-splendored: it is a form of expression, a form of communication, and a form of entertainment. As a form of expression, music is about the self, the artist. As a form of communication, music transacts between artist and listener. As a form of entertainment, music is avowedly for the listener. The history of entertainment does not interest me; but the history of music as a history of expression and communication does. What happens when music is viewed from this perspective?
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