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Are You Disrespecting Music When You Fall Asleep To It?


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These days, there are concerts specially designed to make attendees go to sleep. It should come as no surprise that such events are characterized by (really) long performances… and drones. A good number of playlists on Spotify and similar streaming services now cater toward inducing tiredness in listener. While common courtesy discourages falling asleep at normal concerts, it’s still fine to close your eyes. Or at home, lean back and tuning out could help you to really experience that ambient album. “You snooze, you lose,” the old maxim goes—or do you? J. Bryan Lowder speculates on what all the fuss on staying awake is about on Slate, and for another interesting take on time, revisit this conversation between Brian Eno and Max Dax.