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question for musicians on my f-list
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can anyone out there tell me if I'm utterly insane for hearing similarities in the melodic progressions of Aaron Copland in "Appalachian Spring" and Brian Eno in, say "Music for Airports?" I realize that Eno tends towards more generative music, but I swear I can see (hear?) parallels.

Or maybe it's just the bourbon.
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I hear parallels, but it might be a lack of coffee.

Ugh. Comparing Eno to Copland. Aaron's rolling (or, in his case, reeling) in his grave.

But in truth, there are some similarities. Copland's music was powerful at the time, so much so that now it's almost cliche and kitsch. Eno uses kitschy, known melodic structures to (attempt to) evoke feeling in the listener.

Think of a bad movie where the acting sucks and the only thing that connotes any emotion or content is music that's trying too hard. After-school special style.

So, in short, Eno (while he doesn't completely suck) is employing similar techniques to those Copland did, on a simpler level, but those techniques have become cliche and kitsch and only serve to make the "learned ear" or cynical listener grimace.

Think of Eno as the Thomas Kinkade of the musical world.


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