Intriguing visitors with its title, the blog welcomes them again with posts on various topics about the classical music in a form of, mostly, captioned comic strips. It is run by individuals – Bob Kasenchak and Kevin Mendoza, “a pair of academically inclined bloggers” (Eatock, 2012) – and the overall design and layout of the website does not convey much formality. It may appear minimal and confusing to navigate at first sight, but there are necessary features such as search (under ARCHIVE) or links to relevant websites that help one looking for the specific contents. It was somewhat surprising that searching “classical music is boring” instead of “classicalmusicisboring” did not yield the desired result when trying to enter the blog through search engines.

The contents may be of interest to both public and professional readers, in that the format of comic strips can intrigue the former, whereas the actual topic can stimulate discussions for the latter. As the blog has been worked on since late 2010, the topic is diverse, ranging across various categories including composers, musical genres, cultural movements, theoretical and musicological subjects, and more. For example, the first episode of Gli Scapigliati series deals with the question whether music is universal or contextually bound, whereas the next series (CCNN) talks about composers and the related musical movements.

Authors being musically educated individuals, there certainly are technical concepts which can be unfamiliar to some, yet the reading experience may not be stressful. Reading each post does not require effort, because they are short in length, often about a few frames of illustrations, and present such complex concepts in sarcastic and witty tones, hence amusing. When complex concept is introduced, they are accompanied by descriptions, though no direct definitions, which provides readers with some understanding about the material.

One possible limitation of this blog may be that it does not offer satisfactory responses to its title, that classical music is boring, unlike many other articles that address the issue in more practical settings (Dare, 2012; McAloon, 2016). Nevertheless, it does offer visitors opportunities to experience diverse classical music topics in a less boring way.

 

References

Dare, Richard. “The Awfulness of Classical Music Explained.” Huffington Post (2012) [Online]
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-dare/classical-music-concerts_b_1525896.html

Eatock, Colin. “Classical Music is Boring (the blog).” Eatock Daily (2012) [Online] http://www.colineatock.com/eatock-daily-blog/classical-music-is-boring-the-blog

Kasenchak Bob & Mendoza, Kevin. Classical Music is boring. [Online]
http://www.classicalmusicisboring.com/

McAloon, Jonathan. “The 11 obstacles to liking classical music (and why they’re all in your mind).” BBC Music (2016) [Online]
http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/articles/edbbb682-28ea-4cf8-bde7-5e29ace08602

 

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