Tangent Sunset

The History of Conscious Music by Alex Cosper

Musical Theater of the Mind


"Conscious music" may not be the best term to describe the music I've talked about. Other words that come to mind to describe thoughtful communicative songwriting include honest, conceptual, vivid, relevant, mind-opening and creative. I want to call it something grandiose like "universal music" but then that would be taken by a lot of people to mean anything and everything. Meanings get stretched, exaggerated, changed and accepted in the marketing game that the whole music industry is built upon. Maybe "theater of the mind music" would be the best name because it sounds way out of line with everyday kind of talk. Terms we've heard over the years to represent ultimate hipness such as "alternative," "underground," "indie," "cutting edge," "experimental," "progressive" and "modern" don't always fit. Maybe all I'm trying to say is that there really is a colossal difference between great music and mediocre music. Great music leads us somewhere new while mediocre music simply follows where we've already been.

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