Brian Eno, as always, gets it in the March Mojo, when asked if musical innovation is possible now:
It’s as though the palette that musicians have available now is every style that has existed over the past 50 years or so. I mean, I even see it with my daughters. The content of their Ipods is completely, insanely, eclectic. They’ve got everything from doo-wop to hip hop and everything in-between. Which, when you think about it, it’d be as if I would have listened to music frm 1906 when I first started listening to music. It’s ridiculous! Even stuff from ten years earlier seemed hopelessly out of date then.
This is still completely original behaviour but it doesn’t look original because we’re re-combining blocks that we think we recognise. But once they are recombined you hear them differently.
You can almost forgive the guy Coldplay and U2…
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