For example, I might sing a song. I might sing it slightly out of tune in a particular passage. I might sing it again, without singing out of tune. All other things being equal, I would rate the second rendition better than the first.
Is some music better than other music? The answer is "yes".
Is some music better than other music? The answer is "yes". I can clearly ABX different works against each other, and one of them is almost always inferior in quality.
alternative is to claim that the general public are incapable of appreciating 'better quality' music
For example, I might sing a song. I might sing it slightly out of tune in a particular passage. I might sing it again, without singing out of tune.All other things being equal, I would rate the second rendition better than the first.
what is the inferred purpose of music?
Have a look at the IMDB Top 250. There is not a *bad* film in there. It might not include your favourite film but all will be "good" films.
it allowed unlimited key changes
OK, well I'm not sure how you ABX different works against on another, but I like the definite expression 'one of them is almost always inferior in quality'. This certainly chimes with the way I feel.
if their judgement were presented to a panel of external judges (maybe even the whole world, for the sake of argument), their (the recording artists) judgement would be in accord with that of the wider panel.
Further than that, I don't see this as an issue of taste, because it think that the judgement is invariant with time, at least future time. I don't think that a future population would be moved to overturn the judgement.
I wouldn't relish the task of ranking Bob Dylan's 'Idiot Wind' against Astrud Gilberto's 'Girl from Ipanema' (Antônio Carlos Jobim) although I think both would outrank Lou Reed's 'Perfect Day'.
Waki,The answer is decidedly yes.Have you ever heard for the first time a brand new song on standard FM (or cringe AM) radio? You may like the song, but you intrinsically feel there is a better version available, even without knowing what that better version exactly sounds like.My uncle once asked me where I got so-and-so artist's CD. I told him it's not a CD, it's HD radio. He intrisically knew it sounded too good to be standard FM radio, without needing any kind of comparison.
Which one is better? We almost always choose the 'sloppy' but 'soulfull' track.
I disagree. I think most of Bob Dylan's work is junk and I really like Perfect Day.