Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty

Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty


What does it suggest to hear within the electronic period? this present day, new applied sciences give the opportunity to roam immediately and experimentally throughout musical languages and generations, from Detroit techno to jam bands to baroque opera―or to dive deeper into the set of tastes that we have already got. both means, we will be able to take heed to approximately something, at any time. the chances during this new age of listening overturn previous assumptions approximately what it potential to correctly enjoy music―to be an “educated” listener.
In Every track Ever, the veteran New York Times track critic Ben Ratliff reimagines the very inspiration of track appreciation for our occasions. As usual subdivisions like “rock” and “jazz” subject much less and no more and music’s obtainable prior turns into longer and broader, listeners can set aside the intentions of composers and musicians and interact tune afresh, on their lonesome phrases. Ratliff isolates sign musical traits―such as repetition, pace, and virtuosity―and lines them throughout wildly diversified recordings to bare unforeseen connections. once we hear for slowness, for example, we might become aware of marvelous affinities among the drone steel of Sunn O))), the mixtape manipulations of DJ Screw, Sarah Vaughan making a song “Lover Man,” and the ultimate works of Shostakovich. And if we hear for closeness, we'd discover how the tight harmonies of bluegrass vocals remove darkness from the virtuosic synchrony of John Coltrane’s quartet. Ratliff additionally is going looking for “the excellent moment”; considers what it potential to listen to emotion through sampling the advanced disappointment that powers the track of Nick Drake and Slayer; and examines the that means of yes universal behaviors, comparable to the impulse to rfile and own the total functionality heritage of the thankful Dead.
Encompassing the sounds of 5 continents and several other centuries, Ratliff’s booklet is an crafty paintings of feedback and a lesson in open-mindedness. it's a definitive box consultant to our notably altered musical habitat.

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