I put an audio file I composed from samples out here a few minutes ago. One of the samples was practically a song by itself.
When I put music out here, I don’t expect very many people to listen to it. There are two reasons for that:
- People reading blogs are often where they can’t really listen to music; or
- They don’t want to listen to it, because they know what they like, and this music (whatever it is) isn’t it.
A lot of us think of music as one of the world’s great unifying forces, but, in my experience, it really isn’t: in fact, it’s commonly used as more as a mark of division. People who listen to “this” type of music, don’t like “that” type of music, and vice-versa. Whatever music’s unifying force might be, it seems limited by tribe.
As a young teen, I found myself completely out of step with my contemporaries when it came to music. One of my problems was, I like almost every kind of music, which, apparently, was breaking a lot of rules. For another, I have an exceptional affinity for more abstract types of music, and in this, I have spent most of my life alone.
What follows below, is a relatively benign version of this kind of music. This particular piece, called “In A Landscape”, is by notorious avant garden composer John Cage – he of the 4′ 33” fame. I love this piece, and felt, from the first time I ever heard it, like I was in some way part of it.
Much of the music I love best in this world is of this kind, and I’ve long since learned that few others feel the same way.
But someone might.