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Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: The 'other' bit of the south of France
First of all to answer your question of why i listen to Avant garde msuic if i am nto a msuician, i listen to ti becuas I like it, becuas it makes me happy, ok? you ahve no palce to judge my taste.
Dount make arogant remarks about me, bjork or otehr people.
Calm down, dear - it's only music.
Okay, Avant-Garde. Why did I presume you wouldn't like it?:
a) Not many musicians do
I've never met anyone (apart from you) who's not a musician who does
c) It's very hard to get hold of
d) It's impossible to distinguish from random notes being played in a random manner unless you understand the very complex musical theory behind it. I don't understand it and I know a fair amount about music. You admitted yourself that you don't know a huge amount
e) It's very hard to find Avant-Garde. You'd find a few of the more recognized pieces in a local specialist store maybe but most of it you would have to mail-order from record-companies (some of it you would have to buy from specialist-dealers as it is no longer on general release)
Based on that do you not think it is a fair assumption to make that you wouldn't like it?
Technically Bjork is not either very good or revolutionary. This is not my 'arrogant' opinion it is a fact. She uses a simple style that is derived from classic Western styles of composition. It is monophonic. Monotonal. Monorythmic. Uses the standard Western octave. Normally uses standard, non-compound, time signatures. Uses standard Western devices such as mordents and cadences. It does use some dissonance but only to a degree that is part of existing harmonic structures. The music is not at all syncopated and it does not swing (it doesn't have swung rythm). The music is largely pre-composed. The backing uses fairly standard chord progression (i.e. no chromatism or use of the glissando to change). The use of chord structures is totally standard (i.e. she doesn't substitute in other chords such as the mediant &c.) She does not use these standard techniques exceptionally well - J.S. Bach is much better at using these classic styles (there is extensive literature on why Bach is among the best at use of classical devices such as counterpoint). Her singing style is fairly refined - it doesn't come near the raw-ness of some of the blues singers. But her singing does not have exceptional musical finesse (i.e. the vibrato &c. is not completely controlled).
You can like it, obviously, but it is not technically accomplished and like the article above says it's mainstream.
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