A ROSES ROSENESS
In response to comments on the death of musical accuracy, I would like to add this:
When we enter the famous ROSE HALL we start in the hot houses where the worlds most beautiful roses are growing. As we walk through and absorb we are feeling faint from the perfume..their moist heavy sweetness makes us drunk. Then we walk into the painters galleries where we view all of the masters great paintings of roses, and then we move into the sculpture galleries, the sculpture galleries; all exhibiting metaphors of roseness, and then we move into the photo galleries where our finest photographs of roses are exhibited. To lovers of roses, like us, this has been an exhilarating experience because we could experience not only the magnificent live roses but "ROSENESS" in many, equally, inspiring forms of art. Should I judge the photo of the rose by its success at "accurately" reproducing the live rose? Was accuracy the artists intent? And is that the compelling need in my soul? Do I gaze at paintings of a rose hoping to discover an accurate reproduction?
Is the ultimate paradox of the tribe that is creating Americas newest, most vibrant art form ( one that is a completely dematerial harmonic form of expression) is completely dumb to their connection to the history of art. Is it possible that our savvy savants of the audio arts havent got a clue about the power of (aural) metaphor and need to do a quick study of Joseph Campbell?
If you think the challenge of updating the language and ideology of the high end audio tribe is an easy task, just check out the struggle within the "old" Soviet Union to overcome the burden of an obsolete ethos. Musical Accuracy is dead because the culture that lived by this golden rule has died, and we are now free to expand our vision of the home music experience.
I think that audiomaniacs who use the term "accuracy" shouldnt be ridiculed for the same reason that an adolescent boy shouldnt be criticized for using adolescent language. The stage when we are fascinated with this concept is a developmental stage that we all must pass through on our way to developing a more authentic qua multi-dimensional relationship to our music.
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