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Re: "Repetition defines music"

I think it depends on the genre and expectations of the listeners. I change my listening expectations depending on what I’m listening to or composing. I would expect a whole lot more repetition in rock than in Bach. I’ve heard you can have complicated rhythm, harmony or melody, choose two. In other words if two aspects are complicated, the third needs to be simple or the listener gets lost. Of course this again applies WITHIN a genre. The level of complication listening to Stravinsky is different from country music. Stravinsky is a good example because he often uses folk like melodies that are easy to hang onto with complex harmony and rhythms.

On Mar 19, 2014, at 12:08 PM, <mike@michaelplishka.com> <mike@michaelplishka.com> wrote:

Great article, thanks for sharing!
I do wonder what the critical mass of non-adjusted perfect repetition is.  In other words, if one takes  a digital loop  (As opposed to people playing), starts it and lets it play without changing anything whatsoever, at what point do people get tired with monotony?