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"Wall of Sound: The iPod Has Changed the Way We Listen to Mu

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"Wall of Sound: The iPod Has Changed the Way We Listen to Music" by Nikil Saval
The danger now is different
We have all the world's music on your iPod, in your earphones. Now it's "other people's music."
By 1960, recorded popular music had begun, in mysterious ways, to promote new social movements
Human urban life has been changed by recording technologies
We live in a dystopian "counterfeit heaven where music plays all the time."
mass protests and mass concerts
defining lifestyle niches, consumer habits, and subcultural affiliations
Allan Bloom stated "Though students do not have books, they most emphatically do have music... Nothing is more singular about this generation than its addiction to music."
New generation
"There is a stereo in the home, in the car; there are concerts; there are music videos, with special channels devoted to them, on the air, nonstop; there are the Walkmans so that no place - not public transportation, not the library - prevents students from communing with the Muse, even while studying." (Bloom, 192)
The improvements of technology and spread of the stereo equipment has brought music to the masses in a new way, digitization and the iPod have made recorded music even more plentiful.
Spread of stereo and digitalization
Music Classification
The iPod has shaped the music classification.
Measurement of the music
Do we know how much music we listen to?
Does music playing on the background counts?
Music in a film?
Music played while reading, writing, cleaning, exercising, eating, etc.
Has anyone these days listened to all of their music, at least once?
Our standart 60Gb iPod has about 50 days of straight listening
"Nothing more clearly affirms one's 'class,' nothing more infallibly classifies, than tastes in music."
The classification has reached the climax of absurdity such that we name off the top of our heads:
house, witch house, dub, dub-step, hardstep, dancehall, dance-floor, punk, post-punk, noise, new wave, emo, hip-hop, jazz, chunkcore, metal, black metal, thrash metal, death metal...
and only a 1000years of European art music is classified as "classical"
Good / music / Bad
Has music become a common way for people to get through the workday?
Music is used by people not only to help them swallow the unpleasant life, but to enlarge their capacities for action..
Music can move you to sabotage and revolt, filling you with romantic enthusiasm or unshakable sorrow.
"These slightly boring parts of life are made less so by listening to slightly boring music." (Adorno 197)
Nowadays we have to buy the iPods in order to be protected against the music played on the background that makes you buy things.
Once we feared enforced isolation, kind of social death.
The advantage of recorded music was starting to bury us, there was "no such thing as silence."
We commute with music contemporarly, searching for the right sound. Silence is the most endangered musical experience in our time.
"We might figure out what all our music listening is meant to drown out, the thing we can't bear to hear." (Cage 199)
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