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If Music Be... [Sep. 15th, 2014|02:21 pm]
Tony Grist
How can music exist in a cloud? No, it's far too mystical for me. Give me something I can hold.

I was reading a piece by Douglas Coupland the other day. He says that those of us who grew up before there was an internet have our brains configured one way and those who grew up in the internet age have theirs configured in another. That's just the way it is. Us oldsters are capable of re-programming ourselves but we can't forget how things were. As Coupland puts it, we will always miss our pre-internet brains.

So, no, I don't have music on my computer. I have music boxed in jewel cases- on a shelf.

I was listening to a disc of Vivaldi's Four Seasons while I made lunch. There's a tune in there that was used by the BBC in the set of plays about Casanova that Denis Potter wrote for them in the early 70s. I can't hear it without seeing Frank Finlay chasing girls in pannier skirts.  It goes dum-dee-dum dum, dum dee dum dum.

I wrote "chasing", but what I really meant was "bonking". 

[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2014-09-15 02:30 pm (UTC)
Scientifically this is right. You are what you learned. If you learned to grab a CD, a record or a cassette, your brain needs to repeat a thousand times to go searching on your computer to get acquainted with this possibility to use it as much as you use the others.
People who didn't grow up learning this method missed it. It simply doesn't exist for them.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-09-15 04:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm not saying the old way is any better- because it's not- but I'm stuck with it and might as well make the best of it.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2014-09-15 05:07 pm (UTC)
Has it's advantages and disadvantages.
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