Is Pomomodernism In Music White-On-White?
newmusicbox November 10, 2007
evolved along with the mass media’s domination our lives.
Broadly speaking, this moved rock’s locus away from its black origins
and centered it in white suburbia.
In some respects, Third Stream music seemed more transgressive than
postmodern fusions of rock and classical, because jazz influenced music crossed
both class and racial lines, while rock/classical fusions are merely white
suburban low art meeting white suburban high art.
Over-simplified, Third Stream is black on white, but rock/classical
fusions are for the most part white on white.
notice this when people address the elite, white character of classical music.
The old Third Streamers take the idea in stride, and in fact, they even
exploited the contrasts with “low” black culture. On
the other hand, the postmodern folks seem to get a little uncomfortable when
white elitism is raised, even though they are usually politically progressive.
Is it something about the white on white character of their fusion
hard to say. Just a