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CASSETE CULTURE COLONIC

THE PROBLEM WITH CASSETTE TAPES IS THE SAME AS WITH ANY 
OTHER AUDIO STORAGE MEDIUM, THEY ARE ALL ESSENTIALLY A 
SUBSTITUTE FOR BAD HUMAN MEMORY.  IF WE HAD
PHOTO/AUDIOGRAPHIC MEMORIES, WE COULD REPLAY ANY
AUDIO-VIDEO EXPERIENCE WE EVER HAD WITH ALL THE PRESENCE
AND CONTROL PARAMETERS THAT OCCUR IN DREAMS.  THE HISTORY
OF AUDIO RECORDING TECHNOLOGY, FROM GREGORIAN ILLUMINATED
NOTATION THROUGH PIANO ROLLS, MUSIC BOXES, RECORDS, TAPES,
FLOPPY DISKS, AND SO ON, HAS BEEN THE HISTORY OF THE
CITIZEN'S EVER WIDENING ACCESS TO THE TOOLS OF MUSIC ART,
AND AS SUCH, CAN BE PROJECTED FORWARD INTO THE FINAL
CURTAIN FOR MUSIC AS A PASSIVE SPECTATOR SPORT AND ITS
BEGINNING AS AN ACTIVE TEACHING METHOD.
THIS OBSERVATION ECHOES THAT ORIGINAL NEED WHICH PROMPTED
MUSIC INTO EXISTENCE- AS A WAY OF TEACHING MEMORY
PERSISTENCE FOR TRIBAL RITUAL AND LORE.  IT LENDS
CREDIBILITY TO MCLUHAN'S THESIS THAT TECHNOLOGICAL
PROGRESS IN THE PRESENT ELECTRONIC/INFORMATION STAGE
CONSTITUTES A REINTEGRATIVE SOCIAL FORCE AS DISTILLED INTO
HIS FAMOUS METAPHOR OF ELECTRONIC SOCIETY DWELLING WITHIN
THE "GLOBAL VILLAGE".
THE ATTEMPT TO ACHIEVE CULTURAL PERSISTENCE ORIGINALLY 
BEGAN WITH STORY TELLING, WAS COMPRESSED INTO VERSE, AND
THEN GIVEN THE CARRIER MODALITY OF SONG, DANCE AND
ACCOMPANYMENT.  THE COMPRESSION OF "CULTURE", OF THOSE
ASPECTS OF CULTURE WHICH ARE DISTINCT FROM UNIVERSAL
INFORMATION (MATHEMATICS, STATISTICS, MEASUREMENT,
SCIENCE, ETC.) INTO SYMBOL IS WHAT WE KNOW AS ART.  EVEN
THE CONTEMPORARY FORMS OF ANTI-ART CREATE AN ANTI-CULTURE
WHOSE ELEMENTARY QUALITY IS THAT OF PERSISTENCE.  A
CULTURE'S SYMBOL PERSISTENCE RESULTS IN "STYLE".
"STYLE" PERSISTS, EVEN BEYOND ITS TERM OF USEFULNESS OR 
BEYOND THE MATURATION LEVEL OF A CULTURE.  WHEN THIS 
OCCURS, ART SERVES TO RETARD THE MATURATION OF CULTURAL 
INTELLIGENCE.  FOR THIS REASON, ART FORMS WHICH ORIGINATE 
OUTWARD FROM THEIR POINT OF CREATION ONTO A SPECTATOR 
FIELD, IE., THE STAR SYSTEM, BECOME MORE AND MORE 
TRANSPARENT AS A FORM OF REACTIONARY SOCIAL CONTROL.  AS 
ACCESS TO CHEAP STUDIO QUALITY RECORDING EQUIPMENT SUCH AS 
D.A.T. ERODES MONOPOLIST CONTROL OF MUSIC ART, THEIR PANIC 
REACTION RELIANCE UPON THEATRICS, BIZARRENESS, 
ECCENTRICITY, MADONNA'S TITS AND ASS, ETC. SERVES TO 
DISINTEGRATE SOCIETY, OR AT THE VERY LEAST- THE ARTIST 
AWAY FROM SOCIETY, AND BECOMES A RETROGRADE APPROACH.
MASS ACCESS TO D.A.T. RECORDING GEAR MAKES THE POPULAR 
SLOGAN "EVERYONE IS AN ARTIST" INTO AN ACTUALITY, MUCH TO 
THE DISMAY OF THE STUDIOS, DISTRIBUTORS AND ART "STARS" 
THEMSELVES.  ANTI-ART, IN THIS ANALYSIS, IS NOT 
INTRINSICALLY SHOCKING, ALIENATED AND ANTI-BOURGEOIS, IT 
IS INTRINSICALLY ANTI-ANTI AS ITS POWER OF HEALING A 
FRAGMENTED SOCIETY IS INCANTED MORE FREQUENTLY.  THE 
DILEMMA IS PERHAPS GREATER FOR THE SOLO CONTEMPORARY 
ARTIST WHO HAS BEEN RAISED UP INTO A SOCIAL ROLE AS 
BRAHMIN/ PRIEST WHICH PARADOXICALLY PUT HIM OR HER IN A 
CONTRADICTORY STATE- THE NON-CONFORMIST ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN 
IN A POSITION OF AUTHORITY.  EVEN MORE TROUBLING FOR THE
ART "STAR" IS THEIR INABILITY TO COMMUNICATE FREELY
WITHOUT EVERY PRONOUNCEMENT BEING INTERPRETED, DISTORTED,
FILTERED AND OTHERWISE PRIZED, HATED OR IMITATED FAR
BEYOND THE REALM OF COMFORT.  SUCCESS FOR AN ARTIST, THEN,
MEANS THE LOSS OF WHAT ONE BECAME AN ARTIST FOR- THE
DESIRE TO COMMUNICATE TRUTH.
THE WAY OUT OF THE DILEMMA REQUIRES A STRUCTURAL CHANGE IN 
THE NATURE OF EITHER THE ARTIST, THE SPECTATOR, OR THE
"GAME".   THE EASIEST PLACE TO BEGIN THINKING ABOUT
STRUCTURAL CHANGE IS WITHIN THE "GAME" SINCE THE "GAME" IS
ACCESSABLE TO BOTH THE SPECTATOR AND THE ARTIST.  THE "ART
GAME" SUFFERS FROM ITS DISPOSITION TOWARDS CALCIFICATION
INTO "STYLE".  THE IMPULSE TO IMITATE SOMEONE ELSE'S
ORIGINALITY AND MAKE "STYLE" GOES DEEPER THAN FREEMARKET
DICTATES.  IT IS BASICALLY AN EXPRESSION OF THE FEAR OF
FAILURE, HENCE ITS RELIANCE UPON SOMEONE ELSE'S SUCESS.  "
STYLE" IS THE EVIDENCE OF AN INABILITY TO MATURE AND
EVOLVE.  THE EASIEST WAY TO EFFECT STRUCTURAL CHANGE IS TO
FIRST IDENTIFY THE STRUCTURE.  THE STRUCTURE OF "STYLE"
RESIDES WITHIN ITS RULES OF CATEGORIZATION.  STYLES ARE
CATEGORIZED ACCORDING TO THE QUALITIES OF THEIR RESULTANT
OBJECTS RATHER THAN THE DEGREE OF INTELLI- GENCE NEEDED TO
CREATE AND APPRECIATE THEM.
IF WE WOULD CONCENTRATE UPON METHOD AND PROCESS INSTEAD OF 
OBJECT THEN, WE MIGHT BEGIN TO CATEGORIZE MUSIC AS WELL AS 
OTHER ART FORMS AS TO THEIR DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY- 
BEGINNING, INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED, OR SOMETHING OF THE 
SORT, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR OTHER FORMAL ATTRIBUTES.  
APPROACHED FROM A STANDPOINT OF LEVELS OF COMRPLEXITY, 
STYLES WOULD WITHER AWAY ALONG WITH THE FRAGMENTATION AND 
POINT-OF-VIEW CHAUVINISM THEY CREATE.  AT THAT POINT WE 
BEGIN TO SEE INTELLIGENCE PERSIST WITHIN CULTURE.
THE PROBLEM OF INTELLIGENCE PERSISTENCE RATHER THAN 
"STYLE" PERSISTENCE HAS CERTAIN IMPLICATIONS FOR THE 
FUTURE OF MUSIC, AND ANY LIBERATING METHOD WILL 
NECESSARILY APPROACH THE NOTION OF RHYTHM WITH SOMETHING 
CLOSE TO SUSPICION.  FIGURATIONS OF TONE OR TIMBRE 
DOMINATED BY RHYTHM ARE NOT ALLOWED TO RELATE TO ONE 
ANOTHER IN A REALM DEVOID OF TIME.  TRY TO RECALL A DREAM 
WHEREIN A DIGITAL LCD PULSED THE MINUTES OFF ACCORDING TO 
GREENWICH STANDARD.  TIME IN GENERAL, AND MUSICAL TIME 
SIGNATURE IN PARTICULAR, KEEPS US FROM CREATING A MUSICAL
ART WHICH CAN CASCADE THROUGH THE ACCELERATING AND
DECELERATING MODALITIES OF SIMULTANEOUS MENTAL SPACE WHERE
MEMORY IS PERFECT BECAUSE IT IS NOT NEEDED.
WITH A DIDACTIC APPROACH TO MUSIC BASED UPON GRADIENT 
LEARNING AIMED TOWARDS HEARING GREATER COMPLEXITIES, WE 
CAN BEGIN TO APPROACH THE LEVEL OF THE GREAT CLASSICAL
COMPOSERS WHO ALL HAD THE CAPACITY TO COMPOSE AND HEAR
THEIR MUSIC FULLY AND RICHLY IN THEIR HEADS, NOT
HEADPHONES.  THE PROBLEM FOR THE COMMODITY BROKERS IN SUCH
CIRCUMSTANCES ARE OBVIOUS.  EACH INDIVIDUAL'S INTERNAL
SYMPHONY WILL BE SO COMPLETE AND PRECISELY TUNED TO HIS OR
HER EXPERIENTIAL DOMAIN THAT THEY WILL PROBABLY HAVE A
REDUCED INTEREST IN LISTENING TO THE WORK OF OTHERS.
PURE ART IS ABSOLUTELY SELF-REFERENTIAL.  THE DESIRE FOR
EXTREME INDIVIDUATION IN ART PRESENTS AN ANALAGOUS PROBLEM
IN THE CASSETTE DISTRIBUTION UNDERGROUND WHERE THE SHEER
VOLUME OF OFFERINGS IS OVERWHELMING.  SHORTLY THERE WILL
BE NO "KEEPING UP" WITH WHAT'S CURRENT OR HIP.  THE ONLY
ALTERNATIVE, HAPPILY, WILL BE TO PRODUCE AND LISTEN TO
YOUR OWN ART.  IT IS NOW POSSIBLE TO BLAST YOUR STEREO OR
WALKMAN WITH YOUR OWN STUFF INTO YOUR OWN EARS WITH FULL
PROFESSIONAL STUDIO CALIBRE SOUND THANKS TO AFFORDABLE
MINIATURE FULL STUDIO CAPABILITIES IN A COMPUTER.  THE
DISINTEGRATION OF MONOPOLY IS ALWAYS A GOOD THING FOR
SENTIENT BEINGS.  AUTONOMY IN MATTERS OF AUDIO-VIDEO
EVOLUTION WILL MAGNIFY THE HUMAN SPIRIT IN ITS ABILITY TO
CREATE UNIVERSES.  ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY HAS PROVIDED THE
INTELLIGENTSIA OF THE WEST AND THE BRAHMINS OF THE EAST
WITH A NEW DIAGRAM OF THE "HUMAN CONDITION".
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