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Aug302009

On the future of music...

...from Gert Jonke's Homage to Czerny:

 

...Not only are musical instruments bothersome crutches that have to be thrown away, but audible notes and tones also do nothing but interfere with the pure experience of music, distorting it beyond recognition!  Listen, said Schleifer to Pfeifer, hammering out a few loud chords on the keyboard, these unnecessarily jarring noises, these sounds, these so-called notes and melodies that we hear while listening to music, these don't have anything to do with the actual intent of music, and it's wrong to assume that the note, that notes themselves make up music - rather, these sounds that become audible when music is played are only an offensive acoustic excretory product that results from the performance of the content of music and in the process falsifies and destroys it! In future, Schleifer explained, all that matters will be that music can be experienced without the disruptive additional noise of these so-called notes and tones. (61)

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