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Is music an essentially solitary experience ?


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In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2013 23:05:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Nov 2013 23:08:55 GMT
Kritz says:
Yeah, it's a good read. Definitely recommended for anyone seriously into music, and has admiration for people like Byrne.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2013 17:17:34 GMT
Sounds an interesting read - I totally agree that background music has to be the equivalent of aural wallpaper - it's there but you're not really aware of it unless it stops/disappears!

Anything complex needs attention ie to actually be listened to rather than an aural space filler or ambience!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2013 13:24:13 GMT
Yep, good wee book, indeed. Enlightening.

Posted on 26 Nov 2013 11:31:21 GMT
Kritz says:
David Byrne had some interesting things to say on this subject in his book How Music Works. About music being shaped by the environment, and the needs of the listener. Like church music is the way it is not because holy = dull, but because it's the only thing that works in a reverb saturated cathedral.
An how the way you listen to music defines your taste. If you're mostly a solitary headphones music-formusic's-sake listener, you're much more likely to seek out the more unusual because you want to be surprised. Whereas people mostly listening to music as a backgrond to some other activity want up-tempo consistency because it's non-intrusive.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2013 12:56:19 GMT
no danger of that here. mrs ts and miss ts think my taste is in my erse, so collection remains unmolested. what does mrs ts's head in, tho, is that mr ts the younger (lives in glasgow) and i will both buy copies of the latest cave, cohen, walker, etc album, rather than one taking a copy from the other.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2013 12:42:29 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
Indeed Sparky but there are a few years yet to that stage of life. At the mo' I dont see the bairns (2 female teens and a tweenie) half inching my Deftones or Autechre waxings. It's kinda odd that it's me the parent who plays music where it's the other inmates of Dirt Towers wot complain about the tuneless racket :0).

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2013 12:07:47 GMT
Sparky says:
Nuge - Beware!! There is a down-side to this sharing lark. If one of your offspring takes a shine to whatever it is you force on them (unlikely in your case, granted ;-) ) you will wake up one fine day to discover that half your collection has mysteriously found it's way to a rented property, student hall of residence, or other sundry dwelling place!!

Posted on 25 Nov 2013 09:51:37 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
I share my music taste with others in the house whether they like it or not :0) Sometimes it's good to force one's taste on others. Occasionally they're quite grateful. Dont like going to gigs on me tod at all. Deffo is a shared thang. I have been to gigs twice on my own. Despite them being good I didnt come away full of the joys of life :0(

Posted on 25 Nov 2013 00:57:04 GMT
I listen to music by myself as I live on my own.It's great,you can play what you want whenever you want! I also sometimes go to gigs alone but usually bump into someone I know.

Posted on 24 Nov 2013 11:06:23 GMT
Sparky says:
It just occurs to me that we used to be far more in tune with each other in the 70's as in those days the biggest threat against divorce was 'I'm having the record collection!' From the comments so far it seems there would be no trouble splitting it down the middle nowadays!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2013 08:34:52 GMT
Red Mosquito says:
I read it but didn't respond. The only people I know who like listening to some of the music I like are my 2 sons and my brother, non of whom live with me. I go to gigs with them but at home my greatest and only listening pleasure is when I'm by myself. No one needs to feel sad for me when I'm happy.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2013 23:02:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Nov 2013 23:02:36 GMT
Be easier for both of us if Mrs Werben and I each found our own way if we had to listen to each others music on a long journey.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2013 23:00:23 GMT
A bit like posting comments here that no one reads........................

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2013 19:43:52 GMT
Collette says:
Nice one, Lez. That gave me a good old giggle. :0)

Posted on 23 Nov 2013 19:00:46 GMT
Tikka says:
Varies. Mrs.Tikka and I try to go for common ground on long car journeys, but sometimes allow one album each of personal taste.

Different in the house. Sometimes one of us will stick something on the hi-fi for the other to 'enjoy'. Other times we'll resort to headphones.

With friends round I'll mostly stick to safe stuff I know they'll like, but occasionally try to push the boundaries.

Posted on 23 Nov 2013 16:01:57 GMT
Lez Lee says:
He has to take what he can get these days, Sparky.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2013 15:23:41 GMT
Sparky says:
Brass - are we to take it that your normal sexual experience is in a mosh pit with assorted hippies, proggers and folkies then? ;-)

Posted on 23 Nov 2013 14:38:54 GMT
easytiger says:
My wife and I listen to west african pop in the car. Good driving music. However when it's time for my music, in the house, it's the spare room. My 10year old has better taste as she likes Dr Feelgood and Cocksparrer and likes to bop about to them. I'm used to listening to music on my own as I have a knack of liking 'horrible' stuff. In the boozer, mice through themselves onto traps when they see me heading for the juke-box.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2013 14:30:39 GMT
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Posted on 23 Nov 2013 12:39:16 GMT
Brass Neck says:
Would you rather have a physically gorgeous partner who only ever listened to old Stock, Aitken & Waterman stuff at top volume while demonstrating an overt and disdainful loathing of ALL of your musical taste or is some shared intellectual stimulus, be it music, theatre, telly, etc, more important?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2013 12:32:02 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Nov 2013 12:41:47 GMT
Brass Neck says:
'No, music is an essentially social experience! Solo listening is really just a warm-up, even if it's what you usually do; and a lot of people can't really get music unless they're sharing it.' - substitute 'listening' and 'music' with 'sex' and it's still true? ;¨)

S'pose that makes listening alone the musical equivalent of one off the wrist?

Posted on 23 Nov 2013 11:37:35 GMT
I consider it quite sad if some of you always listen in solitude to the music you like!

Posted on 23 Nov 2013 11:23:36 GMT
S.R.J says:
I find that when some one 'gives' me new music to listen to I have to go away and listen alone, I cant really get into in when distracted by others. The only time I listen to music 'with others' is when my daughter connects her I thingy to my Hi -Fi, then its " next next, next ..hang on.play that again"......." Dad you really need to understand hip hop"........................I thnk someone hit the nail on the head above , sharing a gig with someone is a must, but I much prefer the solitude of none distracted listening.
S.R.J

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2013 11:09:09 GMT
Sparky says:
Yes Gille, if you take it back to it's origins (as I imagine them) i guess it would have been simply percussion for some tribal purpose; ritual or war or something. No change there then!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2013 01:02:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Nov 2013 01:04:05 GMT
gille liath says:
No, music is an essentially social experience! Solo listening is really just a warm-up, even if it's what you usually do; and a lot of people can't really get music unless they're sharing it.

That doesn't mean it has to be live, though. Good records are better than a bad band, any day - trust a jazz fan to say otherwise!
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