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Does technology improve or destroy the overall quality of music available to us?

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Jazz composer Henry Threadgill:

“The one good thing about record companies is that they served as a way of separating a lot of meaningless music from being recorded,” he says. “They gave contracts to people they thought deserved contracts. I don’t really think we lost anybody. Everybody got picked up. As way out as people thought we were, we got picked up by a record company. We could have a Caruso, we got Muddy Waters, we got Ornette Coleman — who did we miss?”

Now, according to Threadgill, we’re just inundated by the good and the bad, all lost in a wash of data.

“This is how I can disappear into the horizon. There’s just too many people. Too many amateurs, too many people that don’t even rank even as amateurs. I can’t do anything about that. That’s just reality. It’s going to be that way in every medium. Technology allows people to do it. Next thing, we’ll be going and looking for a brain surgeon that doesn’t know anything about brain surgery.”

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