Hi Abeena, in answer to the question after #3, I’d say that yes, there is a valid reason many people were disturbed by this new way of musical art. Our musical cultures tend to follow particular musical forms.  Western music has church modes and greek modes, Iranian music has Dastgah which has a distinctive sound, India’s Raga, familiar to anyone who hears Sitar, China has Shang and yet here comes an experiment that was not from a tradition that was previously heard but something new created out of one man’s mind, based on some theories and ideas he had.  Arguably, iconoclasm could be considered part of Western tradition, at least post-Lutheran, so Western students flocking to the novelty of the new form isn’t surprising from an intellectual reasoning. But because the sound itself is not part any past tradition, listeners’ ears might not understand and if they’re not listening for iconoclastic novelty but instead for the musical modes their ears are accustomed to, they might naturally not care for this novel style, born out of a single man’s notions rather than layered upon existing sound material. 

Hi Abeena,
in answer to the question after #3, I’d say that yes, there is a valid reason many people were disturbed by this new way of musical art.
Our musical cultures tend to follow particular musical forms.

Western music has church modes and greek modes, Iranian music has Dastgah which has a distinctive sound, India’s Raga, familiar to anyone who hears Sitar, China has Shang and yet here comes an experiment that was not from a tradition that was previously heard but something new created out of one man’s mind, based on some theories and ideas he had.

Arguably, iconoclasm could be considered part of Western tradition, at least post-Lutheran, so Western students flocking to the novelty of the new form isn’t surprising from an intellectual reasoning. But because the sound itself is not part any past tradition, listeners’ ears might not understand and if they’re not listening for iconoclastic novelty but instead for the musical modes their ears are accustomed to, they might naturally not care for this novel style, born out of a single man’s notions rather than layered upon existing sound material.

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