Originally Posted by drtedtan
Orchestral composers were already deconstructing western harmony decades before anyone on 52nd Street was doing so. However, jazz harmony added a lot of new ideas to what guys like Bartok and Webern were doing.
Non-western musical systems are fascinating to study, not just to try and learn the actual music, but for the cultural insights they provide.
I made it three minutes into the video until the woke shit started. Maybe it got better after that?
A simplistic, stupid view of a complex and interesting topic. Certain music is more complex than other music in various ways. That's a fact, not a value judgment. Pride and appreciation in the mastery of these formal systems is a good thing, not bad.
Indian classical music is so rhythmically complex that it takes decades to master. An Irish jig, not so much. However that same Indian classical canon is almost entirely modal and contains not a single lick of harmonization.
There's also value in simplicity and the wider human communication it allows. Almost any music has something worth studying and appreciating, even if no more than the enthusiasm of its creator. It could just be answering why a certain blast of noise received a bigger response than a another blast of noise.
Sneering at the appreciation of the accomplishment of the white men in the powdered wigs does nothing to foster appreciation of anything else. It's just virtue signaling.