The Natural Unit of Music is the Experience

20 May ’07

Nick Carr’s post on the first nine pages of David Weinberger’s new book, Everything is Miscellaneous, is perhaps an ode to the LP, but contains the start of an interesting debate about the packaging of music online – what is the natural unit of music, assuming there is one? Nick quotes David as commenting that “the natural unit of music is the track”, and takes him to task for it. I haven’t read David’s book (still working my way – with great pleasure – through Hitchen’s God is Not Great, but I will get to it), but ignorance of the subject area hasn’t stopped me from commenting before. I’ll admit to stopping in my tracks when I read that reference. I thought that the natural unit was the experience – whatever it might be for the genre or the context.

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