What is the effect of the power to stream? To listen to suggested playlists? To create our own playlists? To have services “curate” our music? To have the power of services like Roon examine and analyze our tastes and listening habits? To be a part of this forum?
For most of our history, there was no recording. If you were going to get music you had to sing or create it yourself. People worked and learned how to perform and create music over and over. Rhythm was king and then came melody.
I grew up with phonograph records. 45’s and 33’s, and occasionally an old 78. Sure I would go to concerts, but I often got a record of music I saw, or listened to records first before I saw a performance. The effect of this and the culture at the time was to learn nay, engrave, a soundtrack in my brain. I know when and where I was when I first heard some songs or groups. “Take This Job and Shove It”, “Layla”, “Whole Lotta Love”, “The Can-Can (from Offenbach)”, and many more songs and groups just evoke a time and place that are part of what make me, well me.
There were periods in my life where I listened to a lot of new music. I listen to a lot of new music now, some of it great, some of it fatiguing or boring. With the power of streaming, I am sure I don’t give a lot of new music the chance it deserves. If I’m not involved within a few minutes, there is plenty more to choose from.
So, take a minute and answer my poll. Then take a few more minutes and write a reply explaining why.
- I listen more to new music than familiar music.
- I listen more to familiar music than new music.
- I am pretty balanced; I listen to both.