skip to content
Every song ever : twenty ways to listen in an age of musical plenty Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

Every song ever : twenty ways to listen in an age of musical plenty

Author: Ben Ratliff
Publisher: New York : Picador , 2017. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Picador editionView all editions and formats
Summary:
What does it mean to listen in the digital era? Today, new technologies make it possible to roam instantly and experimentally across musical languages and generations, from Detroit techno to jam bands to baroque opera--or to dive deeper into the set of tastes that we already have. Either way, we can listen to nearly anything, at any time. The possibilities in this new age of listening overturn old assumptions about  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

 

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Ratliff
ISBN: 9781250117991 1250117992
OCLC Number: 945483164
Notes: First published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
Description: xii, 259 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Let me concentrate! : repetition --
Past present future : slowness --
Draft me! : speed --
What if we both should want more? : transmission --
We don't need no music : quiet/silence/intimacy --
Church bell tone : stubbornness and the single note --
Elevation : virtuosity --
Blue rules : sadness --
Getting clear : audio space --
Purple, green, turquoise : endless inventory --
I forgot more than you'll ever know : wasteful authority --
Granite and fog : density --
As it first looks : improvisation --
Eyeball to eyeball : closeness --
Just a little bit : loudness --
R.S.V.P. : discrepancy --
I still believe I hear : memory and historical truth --
On the waves : linking --
Mi gente : community and exclusivity --
Slowly fading out of sight : the perfect moment.
Responsibility: Ben Ratliff.

Abstract:

What does it mean to listen in the digital era? Today, new technologies make it possible to roam instantly and experimentally across musical languages and generations, from Detroit techno to jam bands to baroque opera--or to dive deeper into the set of tastes that we already have. Either way, we can listen to nearly anything, at any time. The possibilities in this new age of listening overturn old assumptions about what it means to properly appreciate music--to be an "educated" listener. Here, veteran music critic Ben Ratliff reimagines the very idea of music appreciation for our times. As familiar subdivisions like "rock" and "jazz" matter less and less and music's accessible past becomes longer and broader, listeners can put aside the intentions of composers and musicians and engage music afresh, on their own terms. Ratliff isolates signal musical traits--such as repetition, speed, and virtuosity--and traces them across wildly diverse recordings to reveal unexpected connections. When we listen for slowness, for instance, we may detect surprising affinities between the drone metal of Sunn O))), the mixtape manipulations of DJ Screw, Sarah Vaughan singing "Lover Man," and the final works of Shostakovich. And if we listen for closeness, we might notice how the tight harmonies of bluegrass vocals illuminate the virtuosic synchrony of John Coltrane's quartet. Ratliff also goes in search of "the perfect moment"; considers what it means to hear emotion; and examines the meaning of certain common behaviors, such as the impulse to document and possess the entire performance history of the Grateful Dead. Encompassing the sounds of five continents and several centuries, Ratliff's book is an artful work of criticism and a lesson in open-mindedness. It is a definitive field guide to our radically altered musical habitat.--Adapted from dust jacket.

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.

Similar Items

Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/945483164> # Every song ever : twenty ways to listen in an age of musical plenty
    a schema:CreativeWork, schema:Book ;
   library:oclcnum "945483164" ;
   library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/nyu> ;
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/3863250394#Topic/music_psychological_aspects> ; # Music--Psychological aspects
   schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/781.17/e23/> ;
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/3863250394#Topic/music_appreciation> ; # Music appreciation
   schema:about <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/classification/ML3838> ;
   schema:author <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/3863250394#Person/ratliff_ben> ; # Ben Ratliff
   schema:bookEdition "First Picador edition." ;
   schema:bookFormat bgn:PrintBook ;
   schema:datePublished "2017" ;
   schema:description "What does it mean to listen in the digital era? Today, new technologies make it possible to roam instantly and experimentally across musical languages and generations, from Detroit techno to jam bands to baroque opera--or to dive deeper into the set of tastes that we already have. Either way, we can listen to nearly anything, at any time. The possibilities in this new age of listening overturn old assumptions about what it means to properly appreciate music--to be an "educated" listener. Here, veteran music critic Ben Ratliff reimagines the very idea of music appreciation for our times. As familiar subdivisions like "rock" and "jazz" matter less and less and music's accessible past becomes longer and broader, listeners can put aside the intentions of composers and musicians and engage music afresh, on their own terms. Ratliff isolates signal musical traits--such as repetition, speed, and virtuosity--and traces them across wildly diverse recordings to reveal unexpected connections. When we listen for slowness, for instance, we may detect surprising affinities between the drone metal of Sunn O))), the mixtape manipulations of DJ Screw, Sarah Vaughan singing "Lover Man," and the final works of Shostakovich. And if we listen for closeness, we might notice how the tight harmonies of bluegrass vocals illuminate the virtuosic synchrony of John Coltrane's quartet. Ratliff also goes in search of "the perfect moment"; considers what it means to hear emotion; and examines the meaning of certain common behaviors, such as the impulse to document and possess the entire performance history of the Grateful Dead. Encompassing the sounds of five continents and several centuries, Ratliff's book is an artful work of criticism and a lesson in open-mindedness. It is a definitive field guide to our radically altered musical habitat.--Adapted from dust jacket."@en ;
   schema:description "Let me concentrate! : repetition -- Past present future : slowness -- Draft me! : speed -- What if we both should want more? : transmission -- We don't need no music : quiet/silence/intimacy -- Church bell tone : stubbornness and the single note -- Elevation : virtuosity -- Blue rules : sadness -- Getting clear : audio space -- Purple, green, turquoise : endless inventory -- I forgot more than you'll ever know : wasteful authority -- Granite and fog : density -- As it first looks : improvisation -- Eyeball to eyeball : closeness -- Just a little bit : loudness -- R.S.V.P. : discrepancy -- I still believe I hear : memory and historical truth -- On the waves : linking -- Mi gente : community and exclusivity -- Slowly fading out of sight : the perfect moment."@en ;
   schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/3863250394> ;
   schema:inLanguage "en" ;
   schema:name "Every song ever : twenty ways to listen in an age of musical plenty"@en ;
   schema:productID "945483164" ;
   schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781250117991> ;
   wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/945483164> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/3863250394#Person/ratliff_ben> # Ben Ratliff
    a schema:Person ;
   schema:familyName "Ratliff" ;
   schema:givenName "Ben" ;
   schema:name "Ben Ratliff" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/3863250394#Topic/music_psychological_aspects> # Music--Psychological aspects
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Music--Psychological aspects"@en ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781250117991>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
   schema:isbn "1250117992" ;
   schema:isbn "9781250117991" ;
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.