J.S. Dilla

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.

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