Ben Ratliff

Every Song Ever

Ben Ratliff

Talk: Every Song Ever

Veteran New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff comes to Google to discuss his book "Every Song Ever" and how he is re-imagining the idea of music appreciation in the time of cloud streaming, when we can listen to nearly anything, at any time. From Detroit techno to jam bands to baroque opera, the new possibilities of listening overturn old assumptions about what it means to properly appreciate music. Ratliff talks about his new framework for listening that can lead to unexpected connections and astonishing possibilities.

Ben Ratliff

Ben Ratliff has been a jazz and pop critic for The New York Times since 1996. He has written three books: The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music (2008); Coltrane: The Story of a Sound (2007, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award); and Jazz: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings (2002). He lives with his wife and two sons in the Bronx.

Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty

What is music in the age of the cloud? Today, we can listen to nearly anything, at any time. It is possible to flit instantly across genres and generations, from 1980s Detroit techno to 1890s Viennese neo-romanticism. This new age of listening brings with it astonishing new possibilities--as well as dangers.

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