A rarefied, separate entity.

Is it still possible to produce avant garde music? R. Murray Schafer has suggested that the concept of music as a rarefied, separate entity, something to be enjoyed exclusively in aesthetic terms, is a concept unique to Western thought — and a concept of recent origin. He suggests that “In many cultures the word ‘music’ does not exist at all”; that in other cultural environments “music is effortlessly associated with dance, with physical tasks, with social festivities and celebrations of all kinds.” In European culture, by coctrast, “What makes it special is its abstraction from daily life, its exclusivity.” (105)

From Dummy by R.J. Wheaton

Full-blooded acknowledgement.

Where the hell was this idea when I was dropping out of an MA in the humanities?

For [Dave] Hickey, writing near the beginning of the nineties, only a full-blooded acknowledgement of the pleasure and sociality that intersect in disputatious experiences of beauty could rescue the academic art world from its arid purism. (2)

From Mitchell Morris’ The Persistence of Sentiment.