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Every Song Ever
Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty | Ben Ratliff
What is music in the age of the cloud? Today, we can listen to nearly anything, at any time. It is possible to flit instantly across genres and generations, from 1980s Detroit techno to 1890s Viennese neo-romanticism. This new age of listening brings with it astonishing new possibilities--as well as dangers. In Every Song Ever, the veteran New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff reimagines the very idea of music appreciation for our times. In the age of the cloud, the genre of the recording and the intention of the composer matter less and less. Instead, we can savor our own listening experience more directly, taking stock of qualities like repetition, speed, density, or loudness. The result is a new mode of listening that can lead to unexpected connections. When we listen for slowness, we may detect surprising affinities between the drone metal of Sunn O))), the mixtape manipulations of DJ Screw, and the final works of Shostakovich. And if we listen for more elusive qualities like closeness, we might notice how the tight harmonies of bluegrass vocals illuminate the virtuosic synchrony of John Coltrane's quartet. Encompassing the sounds of five continents and several centuries, Ratliff's book is a definitive field guide to our musical habitat, and a foundation for the new aesthetics our age demands.
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alvingregorio
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Just from the intro and first chapter, I know this is not the book for me. It is academic but not in a good way. I was hoping for more of a love letter to music listening, but feels more like PhD dissertation.

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SubwayBookReview
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Alice: "This book is about overthinking music – in the best way. I've been reading a lot of very practical stuff, like self-improvement and 'how to' books. This is about embracing art. I make music and I'm learning how to be better at listening and expressing my ideas. You have to be open to the experience and not expect everything to be easy or joyful immediately. Sometimes it's worth it to put in the effort." #london

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CrazyLibraryGirl
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Got to visit Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon today! Found a couple I'm excited to get into 😁

CindyMyLifeIsLit You are so lucky! I love that place! 2y
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Strangechord
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Can't wait!

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