TR-i: No World Order Lite

Artist

TR-i

Players

Todd Rundgren

Producer

Todd Rundgren

Release Date: 1994
Duration: 40:22
Label: Forward
Catalog Number: R2 71744

All the music that will ever be written has already been written -- as "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is "More Than A Feeling" is "Louie, Louie," world without end, amen.

Since music was "discovered," not invented, so-called new music is only newly discoverd music. When I was 16 or so, me and my friends discovered the blues. Later I discovered jazz and musique concrète and Ravel. Believe it or not, I once discovered the Beatles.

The music on this CD is not new, but most of it is previously undiscovered. Its predecessor, No World Order, version 1.0, includes much of the same thematic material, albeit in a form that makes discovery of the "song" somewhat challenging.

So what is the difference? Doesn't the term "lite" (which isn't even in the dictionary) connote that something is missing or been replaced with an inert substitute. What's missing is the implication that this music has no ultimate form, the assertion that the listener is mistaken in the belief that things belong in a certain order. What would "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" be without "With A Little Help From My Friends" to follow it up?

In reality, no such rules apply to any music. At the last minute, musicians decide in what order to present their discoveries, and the permanence of plastic makes those decisions sacrosanct, immutable.

So here, yet again, is the penultimate presentation of my recent musical discoveries. Which is the absolute ultimate? The one you have most recently discovered.

-- TR-i

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