By Andrew Durkin
Decomposition is a bracing, revisionary, and provocative inquiry into music—from Beethoven to Duke Ellington, from Conlon Nancarrow to Evelyn Glennie—as a private and cultural event: the way it consists, the way it is idiosyncratically perceived via critics and reviewers, and why we take heed to it the best way we do.
Andrew Durkin, top often called the chief of the West Coast–based commercial Jazz staff, is singular for his insistence on asking tricky questions on the complexity of our presumptions approximately track and approximately listening, in particular within the electronic age. during this successful and lucid examine he explodes the age-old notion of musical composition because the paintings of person genius, arguing as a substitute that during either its composition and reception tune is essentially a collaborative company that comes into being merely via mediation.
Drawing on a wealthy number of examples—Big Jay McNeely’s “Deacon’s Hop,” Biz Markie’s “Alone Again,” George Antheil’s Ballet Mécanique, Frank Zappa’s “While You have been Art,” and Pauline Oliveros’s “Tuning Meditation,” to call just a few—Durkin makes transparent that our appreciation of any piece of tune is usually proficient via neuroscientific, mental, technological, and cultural components. How we take heed to song, he continues, may have as a lot strength to alter it as tune may have to alter how we pay attention.
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28 Kant does not fully express the connections between aesthetic pleasure’s possessing these features, and its capacity to foster our moral development. We will need to reconstruct and make explicit these connections in order properly to understand the deeper Kantian response to the anti‐aesthetic thought of a philosopher such as Rousseau – and, more generally, to see how Kant’s ethical priorities interact with his account of aesthetic pleasure. This is the task that we will take up in the following chapters.
19 Second, genuine gratitude also inspires in us a desire to give to others out of love. 20 In feeling grateful, we may desire, in the first place, to give back to the benefactor. 21 The picture that is emerging is one according to which the pleasure of beauty, by virtue of its close connection with gratitude, can enable us to develop the capacity to love. When we experience beauty, we feel gratitude toward an actual or hypothetical maker of the object, and this, in turn, tends to mobilize in us a desire to give to others out of love.
22 Pedagogy 9:486‐487. Along these lines, Kant claims in the unpublished “first introduction” to the third Critique that inclinations come in degrees, and that what is needed is “moderation of the inclinations in order not to yield to passion” (FI 196). 23 Anthony Ashley Cooper, Third Earl of Shaftesbury, Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), 319. 24 Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), 83.
Decomposition: A Music Manifesto by Andrew Durkin