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Every Song Ever
Author: Ben Ratliff

ISBN: 9781846146848
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 2 May 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.2 x 2.7
For the first time in the history of music, we can listen to nearly anything, at any time. New technologies make it possible for us to roam across musical genres and generations, from Detroit techno to jam bands to baroque opera - or to drive deeper into the set of tastes that we already have. These new possibilities overturn old assumptions about what it means to properly appreciate music.

In Every Song Ever, celebrated critic Ben Ratliff reimagines the very idea of music appreciation for our times. As familiar categories like 'rock' or 'jazz' matter less and less, listeners can put aside the intentions of musicians and engage music afresh on their own terms, by experience rather than genre. If we listen for loudness, for instance, we can detect the surprising affinities between The Sex Pistols' 'Holidays in the Sun' and the dance music of David Guetta and Sia. And if we listen for closeness, we might notice how the tight harmonies of Lennon and McCartney in 'She Loves You' illuminate the synchrony of John Coltrane's quartet.

Ratliff also goes in search of 'the perfect moment'; considers what it means to hear emotion by sampling the complex sad...

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