K. (infinitemonkeys) wrote,
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On Monday an odd thing happened. I was somnolently watching TV after dinner (Rain King on FX, as it happens, as it was more plausible than EastEnders) and the power cut out. I'm not used to the power going out unexpectedly and I discovered that I am upsettingly addicted to technology.

For the first 10 minutes I wandered around the house, lantern in hand, muttering to myself "I'll just check my email...uh, no", "I'll just call a couple of friends... uh no" (phone through the cable company, mobile phone sadly lacking in charge), "I'll just listen to a CD... uh no", "I'll just listen to the radio... uh, no".

The lantern and candles didn't really give out enough light to read by and it took half an hour to dig up the battery-operated radio. Even then, the joys of commentary on Brighton & Hove Albion vs Reading were opaque to me.

By the time I realised this was a proper *long* power cut it was too late to go out anywhere like the cinema or whatever. So I drove up to Tesco, bought a torch powerful enough to read by and read Persuasion again, from Baronetage to Jane's navy fangirl parting shot until it was time for bed. I like the idea that Jane Austen was a Royal Navy fangirl and slashed naval lieutenants

I am too fond of things requiring electricity but I'm not sure what I want to do about that. I like things requiring electricity. Come the apocalypse, I'll be the one wandering around the burnt out wastelands, clutching my laptop to my wasted bosom, begging people for a power-up and pecking at the keys one-handed in the deluded hope that someday a light will blink on.

Then I will be eaten by a pack of wild dogs. Call it recycling.

The final shot will be of my mangled, gnawed corpse (slightly out of focus) and in the foreground, a laptop, a light winking on at last in the centre of the screen -- one last cruel irony -- before it begins to rain in a sulphurous and slightly carcinogenic sort of way.

And that's why I didn't get around to answering the comments in a prompt manner.



The results of the informal survey didn't really provide much of a theory to go at. I had this half-formed theory about the kind of minds that like baroque music, perhaps shading into classical, versus the kind of minds that like late classical verging into romantic. It was a bet with myself whether I could guess who would like what.

The star sign thing was just for laughs: I used to draw up natal charts but I was never a believer in the idea that your birthday can govern your personality, sharing a birthday with Hillary Clinton cured me of that -- however, there is plausible evidence that where you were born in the year does affect your personality and if only I could remember where that came from (aside from the Grauniad's front page last year some time) I would link. Basically, if you're born in October, you think life sucks, if you're born in May you believe you're lucky. In general. It was *scientific* and stuff.

So, these are the highly unscientific results, based on incredibly broad definitions of classical music categories and *astrology*, godhelpusall.

The respondents in the sample skew very heavily towards the Baroque and early classical composers. Of 28 responses, the first stated preference was for baroque in 15 cases, classical in 5 cases, romantic in 4 cases and 20th century composers in 4 cases. In a large percentage of those counted as baroque, the respondent also stated a preference for classical composers or 20 the century composers. Very few matched baroque with romantic.

Sagittarians seemed keenest on helping me construct pointless theories, with five responses and were the most divided of groups. Scorpios were the next most helpful and split evenly between those who expressed first preference for baroque composers and those who liked 20th century composers.

If I had had to guess, I would have imagined that most of the people I know through LJ (PIKTLJ) would like Bach, Handel, Vivaldi etc, music which is, as nestra put it, a puzzle to be prized open and examined, rather than music which is there purely to be *felt*, which is how I think of the romantic composers. I think of PIKTLJ as predominantly analysers, puzzle-solvers, writers, the kind of people who I imagine, in my rather unscientific way, listening to Bach etc.

This is not to say that the music of the romantic composers is not complex and beautiful, rather that it demands to be heard rather than to be understood. IMO, YMMV etc etc.

Of the people who answered the question, three choices surprised me.

(For reference: I'm a Scorpio and I like Baroque music and renaissance polyphony and minimalism and all that sort of stuff. I have no doubt at all that these things don't have a huge amount to do with each other)

In other news, work is killing me and they've not even called the election yet
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