Re: RE. Extropian/Transhuman music... Where?

Natasha Vita-More (
Mon, 05 Jul 1999 10:32:47 -0700

At 08:04 PM 7/4/99 -0700, you wrote:
>Alintelbot wrote:
>>Damned if I know what extropian music would be... Personally, I find
>>so-called "space-creating" music very inspiring and beautiful in a way that
>>might be called "transhuman."
> This discussion has taken place on this list numerous times in the
>past, most recently in mid-December, and before that in early August. You
>may want to check the archives.

Yes. I recall us putting a lot of thought into this then and the archives would be useful.

> The general consensus at that time was that there is a dichotomy
>between subjectivity and objectivity: music that extropians like and music
>written by extropians. As a musician myself, I will submit that my own
>compositions would not be collectively liked by all extropians;

Individual tastes are too wide to assume that any one specific type of music would appeal to a vast array of people, regardless of enthusiasm for space and technology. Music, while received by the auditory sense, affects the listener in more ways than by sound. Music carries a vibration that can be felt, (kinesthetic) tactile sense. Also, the look of one instrument may be more appealing than another, so an innate affinity may place emphasis on one type of instrument over another. Unless one wants to lick a piano, guitar of synthesizer, the sense of taste really doesn't factor in. Smell, on the other hand has a strong memory association, and certain sounds trigger emotional responses either from the smell of the instrument, or the smell of the environment one hears the music in.

My appreciation for music is broad. While I prefer techno and ambient sound, a part of me moves to soul music rhythm and blues, syncopation, blue note jazz, and rock opera. Then there is the fiddle which I love and may seem contradictory. The thread for me is how my body moves to the music and what emotional reaction I get.

> However, I
>am an extropian, and therefore, in a sense I write "extropian" music.

I always considered the art of your music and poetry to be extropic -:)

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