Well, this is more of a public dumping of the top of my thoughts. I barely understand what I’m saying as I’m saying it — and so I don’t expect to be fully understood either.
It’s realizing that soda is just water and sugar and flavoring and all the years of battling coke vs pepsi were a waste type of thing. Well, not a waste – it was a road to get somewhere. But it’s knowing you’ll miss the little battles.
This “shaving away nuance” has always and continues to bother me. Part of this mapping project I’ve doing is to come to terms with its realty: that it’s not going away. – and that there are different levels of uniqueness at different scales (zooms) and that’s ok.
I’m not advocating elimination but expansion as this kind of coalescing can show hidden connections and families of songs.
Lots of work has been done in this area – long before me. I’m just coming to terms with it. I’d say http://everynoise.com is a fantastic of example of this kind of work