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  1. Thank you for writing on the subject of new music exposure. To me, and obviously others, it's integral to the creative process. My thinking and personal realization is the polar opposite of yours. I have found on line radio stations and zines to be the best sources for discovering "new" music - course a definition of new is going to vary according to what one is seeking. I have found exposure to new music seems to happen more often than not through programming presented by an enthusiast (radio dj) rather than some engineered algorithm (Pandora, Google). In fact I would contend that the dominant online listening venues actually stifle the opportunity to hear something truly different since the algorithms' are design to feed us music base upon our selective habits. I've tried many times to get Pandora to play music based upon a particular mood, for instance, with no success. As a friend once said “all these online music machines have their top 40 - only it's their idea of your top 40..." What do we get from some "radio Station" with a human making each selection? Well if it's a true music lover of the new we get their enthusiastic choices. Their playing music which has some meaning, value if you will, to them. Since I'm looking for "new" exposure I like programming that's all over the map. You aren't going to find that on Pandora, iTunes, YouTube, etc. I mean how does some technocrat program that into an algorithm? Sometimes a lot of what I hear I don't care for on these human controlled “stationsâ€. . But isn't that what should be expected in the pursuit of the "new"? Miles Davis when asked about his approach to music said he was just a synthesizer. That is he was simply combining various elements of today's & the past music genres. In order to do that one has to be willing to be exposed to different kinds of sound. Here are just two quickly chosen examples which can't be matched in any way by the present engineered on-line programming: Radio: the BBC Radio 3 - Late Junction ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006tp52) And for a zine: The Quietus ( http://thequietus.com/) Thanks again for writing this and advocating for the "new" however one defines it.
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