Has meeting and talking to a composer ever changed your mind about his/her work?
AP: Not positively. Every artist I've met who I've reviewed badly has either been chippy and defensive or aggressive. There was no opportunity to have any kind of meaningful discussion about their work. I've met people whose music I liked and thought they were complete cocks, which you can't stop from having a negative effect on the way you think about their work.
If you pan a piece of music, are you registering anything beyond your personal distaste? If so, what is it?
AP: Difficult question. Mostly it's about personal distaste. Occasionally, I've found myself pointing out what you might call inconsistencies in an artist's argument (see the last Primal Scream album).
Without criticism, how do we find good music without spending much of our life sitting through bad music?
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