Musings on Music

Whenever someone asks me what my favorite type of music is, I sometimes have difficulty in explaining my tastes. My favorite station on Pandora is one that I had set up and will probably be in low demand: Revolution 9 Radio. Yes, I had made a station based on the Beatles song from the White Album where it’s eight minutes of experimental confusion. It’s an experience, I’ll say that much.

Since Pandora is only working off of that one song, the selection is more Pink Floyd-based than Beatles-based, not that I mind. I end up with songs that probably have not found much play other than that station. Sometimes it Led Zeppelin and Vangelis appear. Otherwise, the selection of music in that station is eclectic to say the least.

Why do I listen to music like that? I find it to be more about finding different patterns. The rhythm or any sense of traditional musical flow can become monotonous after a while. By listening to these pieces, I train myself to find order in disorder. Eventually, the initial discord becomes second nature. At that point, I begin to focus on the aesthetic qualities.

That’s not to say that I don’t like regular music. I might be out of touch with whatever’s on today’s radio but I still try to stay current. After all, I need something to listen to on my commute instead of the hum of the engine for fifty minutes.

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