Chapter 15

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There should be a button on your music player that lets you remove any instrument from the ensemble.

One of my favorite composers is a guy named Hovhaness. His music has unusual and interesting textures but it is ruined by random and annoying drum-whacking throughout the piece. I'd just love to push a remove-drums button.

Of course the first thing most people will think of is Instant Karaoke with any record. If you took the soloists out of most Jazz records, they would be much improved. I actually listen to Music Minus One jazz recordings.* And quite a few great early R&B records were ruined because some dummy hired a trumpet player for the session, and there the trumpet is blaring away over everyone else.


*If you're not familiar with these, they are recordings for students to play along with; they have accompaniment but no soloists.