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The "click, beep, squawk, screech" school of composition in university composition departments has been alive and well since at least the 1940s if not before. Basically, no one outside university composition departments pays any attention to this stuff whatsoever.

There are any number of disciplines where graduate study is largely recursive navel gazing. I think it comes about because they hvae to publish or perish, yet there's not really any new information. In music composition, of course, lots of people are busily composing, but almost all of it is in well-established genres. That doesn't constitute "new material" well enough to justify the academic papers that professors and graduate students need. (Although it can make a few people a reasonable living.) Thus the compositions that come out of that community have to "break new ground" even though there's not actually any new ground to be broken. I mean, after Stravinsky Bartok Messiaen Revueltas Ginastera Golijov and Persichetti, how much further can you go and still remain music?

Same thing in education where PhD. candidates continue to churn out papers on teaching children how to read even though no new idea that actually works has been invented in centuries. (Lots of new ideas that don't work have been tried, though.) Same thing in studio art. And so on.

It's the academic industry self-perpetuation machine at work.
 
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