James Tenney – Cellogram (1972) James Tenney used to say that “theory is a recipe for style”. This idea has led me to many fascinating musical spaces. To think outside of the conventions of style, which represent evolutions of cultural preferences that define how musical materials are to be organized. Just as no two people experience music in the same way, no two cultures share exactly the same values, preferences, ways of listening, consumption, function, attention… Technology is one key factor in the shaping of musical style. Here’s a rough list of human innovations that influence the way we hear, make, and feel music. Chronology is rough and somewhat speculative. New innovations rely on previous innovations. auditory system (no, not a human invention, but an invention…