Confronting clichés

Carl Stone confronts the meaning of cliché – in his case, his desire to use some recordings of ocean waves, which he thinks are a cliché. While his ruminations are interesting, the responses seem to miss the mark. (in NewMusicBox)

With so many musical ideas in use, and overuse, it can be hard to avoid the neighborhood of any given cliché. This is especially true when it comes to sampling sounds. I tend to hammer on my students when they get too close to one, but often they don’t hear it the same way. Mostly this is due to a different level of experience, but the ensuing discussions too often make me sound like an old lunatic.

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