really enjoyed the meditation on time - (can't wait to see a defense attorney arguing Leibnizian time to a confused jury ;-p) - it had me thinking of the experience of time when playing with other musicians. It's been my experience that professional musicians are trained to agree on time when playing as a collective - whereas when playing with amateur musicians it can be very difficult - leading to the music not gelling and sounding off. And while it could be attributed to insufficient muscle memory and inconsistent personal assessment of timing - there's also the unique agreement that a group makes when it comes to where the "one" is. I remember coming into a jam band where they had played together for years and their collective assessment of the "one" was so far behind where I heard it - it took many weeks of very uncomfortable practice to fit in :-)

We've also been playing with distributed listening parties at musicto - there's something just cool about having people from different continents and cultures all listening to and commenting on a track. Aside from the technical aspects we found that we had to establish some behavioral norms to ensure good discussion - the tendency to "judge" would make some attendees uncomfortable and restricted their contributions lest they themselves got judged too. It's still a work in progress and we will be bringing listening parties back this year as our community grows again - this time applying the lessons that we learned last time.

Thank you for writing one of my favorite newsletters :-)

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Thanks for the thoughtful response here, Andrew!

Your comment made me think of how a group of kindergartners still has the beating of every group of professionals in the spaghetti-and-marshmallow challenge. There's always a need for structure, but sometimes it can be better to just let the teamwork flow and not think too hard about what might work best.

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