The colonization of silence.August 20, 2007
An essay about why passing subwoofers and Sexy Back ringtones are worse than just annoying, but actual devalue Webern and Feldman, written by Syracuse University composer Andrew Waggoner for New Music Box.
Music is everywhere. Long live it. Just give me five minutes without it; that’s all I ask… Imprisoned by it as I am now, assaulted in every store, elevator, voice-mail system, passing car, neighbor’s home…it is lost to me as anything other than a kind of psychic rape, a forced intimacy with sonic partners not of my choosing.