A thought:

These days, I’m not sure that there’s any one element of music that, alone, will make a piece of music widely inaccessible. A piece with screeching dissonance and complete lack of meter, sure: I think a random person off the street will have a hard time relating. But just screeching dissonance? Plenty of pop music has harsh dissonance; it just ameliorates it with a strong sense of meter. Lack of meter? Floaty ambient music gets away with that, because it rests on a cushion of consonance.

Anyway, I’m pretty sure that you all (by which I refer to my wide, wide readership*) can come up with plenty of counterexamples to this over-ambitious generalization. Still, I think it points to something meaningful. At least, I hope it does.

*Hi Mom!

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About marcpevans

I'm a composer, and a graduate student at UC Santa Barbara. This blog contains my philosophical musings on music and on other things. If you want to actually listen to my music, you can find it at www.marcevansmusic.com. Welcome! :)
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