Saturday, October 11, 2008

Quote for the day: John Blacking

"...all music is folk music, in the sense that music cannot be transmitted or have meaning without associations between people...The makers of 'art' music are not innately more sensitive or cleverer than 'folk' musicians: the structures of their music simply express, by processes similar to those in Venda music, the numerically larger systems of interaction of folk in their societies, the consequences of a more extensive division of labor, and an accumulated technological tradition." John Blacking, How Musical Is Man?, x-xi.

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