Sound: What is it?

11/20/2015

 
First of all, it is a taboo word.  No one seems to talk about it.  
It is, however, the basis of all my life in music.  It is what attaches me both to the piano and to a cappella singing.  Yet I recalled yesterday that, in my early 20's, I lacked a vocabulary to talk about it.  I would have loved to say what it was about Horszowski's piano playing that mesmerized me.  No words.  Not a clue. 
Why?
I think it is because the music world is beholden to the commercial recording industry which has done its utmost to destroy sound by over-processing it, canning it to the point where it cannot be discerned, where all we have are objects, literally:  Pieces of music, rather than music.

 


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