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~About this episode~
Exploring the wild and ordered elements of life, the formed and the hidden,
the traditional and the restless, via Western classical and “classic rock” musics.
Some approximate time stamps of themes discussed:
John on the counter-culture, notion there was no prior “culture” to counter
our current pro-Western independent arts & media can’t be hijacked by corporations
Joujouka music of Morocco, Westerners’ fascination with “the other”
Wildness doesn’t make sense without perimeter then clarifies “dark”
Chaos and meaning
Some of my takes on rock music
rock musicians as latest iteration of Western Romanticism
exploratory nature of rock music
uses and limits of “Faustian” as term to describe Western man
John on why he likes classical
John on harmony, “local imbalances”
John returns to what he likes in classical music
Please see the growing collection of Learning in Public episodes and clips here.
The following video, featuring a composer discussing the music of The Beatles,
provides a good complement to this episode: