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Quote of the Week: Vestigial Beats

This is New York Times music critic Kelefa Sanneh‘s pitch-perfect description of how abstract electronic music tracks differ from their dance-music counterparts:

they are the electronic equivalent of flightless birds, with vestigial beats that serve only to evoke the music’s phylogeny.
From Sanneh’s March 8, 2004, overview of recent mix CDs (nytimes.com).

By Marc Weidenbaum

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