On That Note

What is real? How do you define 'real'? If you're talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then 'real' is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.

As much as I want to fight it, I admit music is no exception to this - just ask John Adams.  Not the former president, but the American composer, John Coolidge Adams.  A very reputable and accomplished minimalistic composer, the aforementioned quote makes me think about a lot of things.  The type of music generally penned by Adams has an air about it that is very Matrixy musically, and arguably in tone.  John Adams came first, however...

Adams' opera Nixon in China
The section of Adams' opera Nixon in China called "News has a Kind of Mystery" is a great representation of minimalism.  A lot of rhythmic repetition/pulsation with simple melody and constant harmony that gradually evolves is apparent throughout the work.  You don't have to take my word for it, just take a look at the tape...

I think people would be more open to classical music if they knew how eclectic it really is.  Mozart and Beethoven are great, but there is so much to be explored than them.  Adams is, in my humble opinion, something many people would enjoy to their surprise.

Until next time...

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