Eno lets you in on a little truth. 8-bit, overcompressed, glitch art, what have you. Exploiting the limits of technology and making stuff to what it’s not really meant to do. That where art breaks things (and gets so popular that it goes on so many t-shirts that you get sick to death of it.)
The cheesecake theory of music treats music like a species of masturbation. And masturbation has no history. The good that it delivers is unchanging; it is perfect as it is. And for the simple reason that the mechanics of orgasm are fixed by our basic body plan.
To this it will be objected: the pleasures induced by fat, sugar and orgasm may be stable, but the means available to us for achieving these ends — the techniques, practices, technologies and perversions — are indeed always evolving, and with the same rapidity, and so history, as in any other area of technology (transportation, communication, etc).
Music, from this standpoint, is an evolving technology for auto-titillation and reward. Change in music is technological change. Not change in what we like. But change in how we get it."
13.7’s Alva Noë on David Bowie, cheesecake, sex and the meaning of music
Reading this article reminds me of that whole “dancing about architecture” chestnut. One even stumbles over themselves trying to find a lack of a definition of music.