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  1. listening percentages

    In February 2015 KenOC challenged us to estimate how much time we spent listening to various composers as a percentage of the total time we spent listening to music. Because I listen to music almost exclusively on iTunes, I was able to make a fairly precise reckoning. I will try to find that thread so that I can post my numbers from that time here.

    Edit: Found it:

    8.00% - Beethoven
    7.69% - Bach
    3.55% - Mozart
    3.21% - Haydn
    3.06% - Brahms ...

    Updated Mar-24-2017 at 09:56 by science

  2. "Win an argument, lose a sale."

    By "Applesauce":

    When I was younger I worked in retail sales.

    I remember one of the training sessions I attended.

    One instructor asked us what is the first rules of sales.

    Of course one member of the class responded, "The customer is always right."

    It ended up being a trick question because the instructed said, "Incorrect. Most of the time the customer is wrong. A more accurate description of the

    Updated Jan-27-2015 at 06:36 by science

  3. a new humility for me

    In the past I'd aspired to participate in discussions of classical music as an equal among equals, and to see all other participants treated the same way.

    As a result of this desire, I suffered. I saw people who didn't know the right way to talk about classical music treated with condescension, and it angered me.

    A veteran of several years of discussions on classical music boards, I personally know the ropes well enough to avoid the main faux pas, so that I have rarely ...
  4. on asserting your superiority through musical taste

    Using music to distinguish ourselves or prove ourselves members of a special group is one of the uglier aspects of human nature, but we all do it, so I figure, why not try to be honest about it?

    In the not-so-recent past, one could demonstrate one's cultural superiority very simply by listening to classical music, scorning jazz, rock and other "popular" music. A lot of people here still try that, but their pretensions are sadly out of date.

    More recently ...

    Updated Dec-08-2014 at 14:24 by science

  5. my listening project

    Here is the list of recommendations I've obeyed, along with the list of kind people who recommended them! This is in order. (If you want to make some recommendations, please do! I very greatly appreciate all recommendations.)

    1. Sorabji (1892): Opus Clavicembalisticum - Ogdon 1988 - KenOC, Wood, arcaneholocaust
    2. Donizetti (1797): Lucia di Lammermoor - Sutherland 1961 Decca - ArtMusic, Wood, Bas
    3. Bantock (1868): Fifine at the Fair - Beecham on EMI - AH music, ShropshireMoose, Wood,

    Updated Sep-02-2014 at 14:21 by science

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