Still jetlagged from time in Beijing, 12 time zones away from New York.
I wake up at 2am or 3am and start thinking about music. At the moment, it’s rap music.
By eliminating or marginaizing pitch, the hiphop artists allow for moments where pitch comes back, gloriously. Sometimes a choir enters out of the blue, singing on pitch, not chanting.
Rap/hiphop simplifies pitch, offering a dramatic moment to bring it back in all of its glory.
I encourage the EU Lachenmann-Huber/spectral peeps to try this.
Pitch is almost non-existant in Central Europe. It will come back.
–William Anderson, RSF delegate to the 2018 ISCM World Music Days