Flying home from Indianapolis yesterday, I was listening to music on my iphone. I forget which track. But I remember the genre: funk.
And all of a sudden, I heard myself wonder “Is music getting crispier?”
This is one of those very uncrisp problems, fraught with problems of definition and analysis. But it isn’t, I don’t think, unthinkable.
We could ask, at a minimum, do songs, and parts within songs, start more precisely and end more precisely? And are the pieces in between better defined.? Ok, so the definitional problems are formidable.
Even if the answer is “yes,” this may be prove a trivial finding. After all, digital technology makes precision easier. And this technology may encourage precision in other ways.This is another fantastically difficult calculation. But let’s say we remove the digital effect (somehow). Is there a crispiness still in place?
There is where we need a problem solving superhero to swoop in and my superhero of choice is Steve Crandall (pictured). Steve, what say you?
Is this a manageable problem? (Assuming of course lots of analytical risk taking.) Is it an interesting problem?
If we get a positive result here, the cultural implications are pretty fantastic. But let’s wait to hear from Steve.