I first thought that Atonal meant "not in tune". In Dutch if you are Asocial, you are not being social so I presumed it also meant the same in music. Then Tom Baker was kind enough to tell me it was music not based one one scale and a root note.
I personally have trouble listening to MAV's music. Actually quite a lot. I've tried many times but it's definitively not my cup of tea. Just like most of the recordings in the double fretless cd.
I also read that Ed deGenaro says if you change keys you are out of tune? Fuck, all this reading seems like a University study.
I personally like King Crimson a lot. It's not easy to listen to but some how I dig it.
I never liked things that are weird just for the sake of being weird.
I also listen to the cd of Neil Harvestick a few times. Like it and latter on realized it was microtonal, not because I heard it but because I read it. I guess the man is doing a fantastic job because he is playing weird and it doesn't sound weird. That is the difference with MAV's music. To me it sound "false" or not tuned up. Arabic music, Turkish music and music from India use different intervals but it doesn't bother me, I can listen to it and enjoy it. Why? Because it is "tuned", hell, I don't know, I just like it.
When art become cerebral it looses a bit of it's magic. When you study music in school it also looses it's magic. When I learn a song from another artist that I really like it also looses it's magic because you know what is happening.
Art in general, in my opinion, is a feeling that you can't explain. We humans always want to understand everything with intellect. We want to know what happens after we die so we create religions instead of accepting the facts, we just don't know. Dig it. Live your life and enjoy it, don't harm others and the rest will come.
When I go to a museum and I see a painting I like it or not. Period, I couldn't care less who painted it, why he painted it or with what he painted it.
When I see a girl, I like her or not and I don't try to understand why, I just feel it, I've heard some theories that it has to do with the proportions of a face, the famous golden rule. I think it's a crack of "mierda" and you just feel things or not.
I might be very stupid or limited but I trust my instinct and not my intellect. Why do animals anticipate danger better than human beings? Because they are connected to nature and don't read books about theories.....
So in my humble opinion everybody is doing something and it's a matter of liking it or not. A lot of this pompous talk is plain boring and goes in circles.
So I pick up my guitar and play, just like yesterday, then I get on my knees and pray, WON"T GET FOOLED AGAIN!