Tastes for Music

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The entirety of this knowledge base depends upon one thing: people’s love of music.

Some speak personally of their ‘’need’’ for music. That heads towards the physiological. Let’s not press the case. We’ll settle for love.

There are libraries of stories and poems of love. Probably, there are library rooms about love of music. But almost certainly not a knowledge base.

Nor this one. We just want the facts, kid, and it’s easier to come up with some facts if we parse and conjugate love.

So we set our feet on the ground by looking at ‘’musical taste’’. Accept that music is loved, but which music, by whom?

Musical taste implies that some music is loved more than other music, so we could speak of musical preferences. That is a useful concept, but you can like jazz without in the process thinking that you don’t like some other music.

Whose taste? Well, anyone’s, of course. But we can note that it’s the taste not only of the listener but also the creator. Perhaps, also, the people who deliver the music from one to the other and might exercise their own preferences or self-interest to filter or plug.

So a knowledge base, which is about description and analysis, could look at the categories of music for which taste is exercised, the origins of taste and how tastes are modified. Who and how many have a taste for what. Trends in taste, which for the creators will influence what they create, and for the listeners, will influence what they ignore and what enthuses them. The activities of the intermediaries, the taste-making marketeers who are in it for a buck. The consequences for production, technology, distribution…

So then we are heading into industrial organisation and the translation of musical taste into economic force. Musical taste is overlaid with the non-musical and may be seen only in glimpses.

Once, music would have been as simple as a human and a voice and a listener. The listener might have been that same human. This is still at the base of the musical edifice. If that is forgotten, Music in Australia would be an arid place indeed.

Author:[Letts, Richard | Richard Letts]. Sent to knowledge base 28 April 2013

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