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Contents

Music in the Late Twentieth Century

“THEN ALONG CAME MIDI!”61

Chapter:
CHAPTER 10 Millennium's End
Source:
MUSIC IN THE LATE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Author(s):
Richard Taruskin

The exclamation is Lansky's, in recognition of the “great and revolutionary accomplishment” that, as we have seen, some writers have greeted as the dawn of a new musical era. Like the earlier elite phase of computer music, but this time by design rather than fortuitously, the new musical era was the by-product of industrial innovation in pursuit of profits. It was literally—and directly—created by capitalism, and can stand therefore as a musical monument to the global triumph of the free market and the worldwide conversion to an “information-based” economy. Since the latter is the standard economists’ criterion of postmodernity, the “MIDI revolution” is perhaps the most intrinsically entitled of all late twentieth-century musical developments to the status of “postmodernist” standard-bearer.

Citation (MLA):
Richard Taruskin. "Chapter 10 Millennium's End." The Oxford History of Western Music. Oxford University Press. New York, USA. n.d. Web. 21 Jul. 2018. <http://www.oxfordwesternmusic.com/view/Volume5/actrade-9780195384857-div1-010012.xml>.
Citation (APA):
Taruskin, R. (n.d.). Chapter 10 Millennium's End. In Oxford University Press, Music in the Late Twentieth Century. New York, USA. Retrieved 21 Jul. 2018, from http://www.oxfordwesternmusic.com/view/Volume5/actrade-9780195384857-div1-010012.xml
Citation (Chicago):
Richard Taruskin. "Chapter 10 Millennium's End." In Music in the Late Twentieth Century, Oxford University Press. (New York, USA, n.d.). Retrieved 21 Jul. 2018, from http://www.oxfordwesternmusic.com/view/Volume5/actrade-9780195384857-div1-010012.xml
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