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Re: [microsound] mainstream microsounds

i personally think we have nothing to fear as far as microsound venturing
too far into the mainstream, you may hear more and more microsound elements
in mainstream music, but this has been going on for a long time,,, just
about any commercial you hear has clickbeats or abstract sound in it,,, i am
almost certain that you wont hear a group of highschool kids driving around
rockin out to the latest Noto or  Francisco Lopez CD... hahah, but it would
be very strange and humorous.


> Let's try and get away from the discussion as to whether this is "good"
> or "bad" and talk a little more explicitly about what implications this
> will have for the genre of microsound. Up to now, microsound has been a
> relatively marginal cultural form, but more and more - and this is
> perhaps due just as much to Kim's CMJ article as to j.frede's loop CD's
> - microsound is emerging into the mainstream (both commercial and
> academic), and this to me means that it risks losing a lot of the
> critical edge it's maintained up till now. The more it becomes codified,
> analyzed, schematized and so on, the more it becomes an object of
> knowledge that risks being co-opted by some of the same structures it
> initially opposed, or at least tried to escape. This can be seen as both
> a loss and a gain: it's a loss of the kind of criticality mcrsnd has had
> up till now, but it also potentially enables new kinds of
> oppositionality/criticality; you don't have to be marginal to be
> effectively critical - just ask Radiohead.
> So how do people think mcrsnd can maintain its critical edge as it
> becomes less and less marginal and emerges more and more into the
> mainstream(s)? Or is that important?
> Phil
> "The gravest danger our Nation faces
> lies at the crossroads of
> radicalism and technology."
> George W. Bush
> 17 September 2002
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