For several years now, baroque composer J.S. Bach (1685-1750) and beat guru J Dilla (1974-2006) have resided comfortably as neighbors on my iPod. It may seem strange that musicians of such drastically different aesthetic share such close quarters, but I am constantly tickled by their proximity.
Though separated by hemisphere, language, and the advent of electricity, Bach & Dilla are historic neighbors as well. J.S. Bach codified a musical system which has been the backbone of all popular music since. J Dilla participated in that system’s deconstruction. For the first time in 300 years, popular western music is not reliant upon the tonal music system.