Sometimes in music there are brief moments that truly click, magnify your attention, and send you into a state of excitement. These moments can be anything—a chord progression, a melodic turn or leap, a sung phrase, a rhythm clash or synchrony, a combination of instruments, or even a single timbre. What makes them micro is that they come and go in a flash.
If you rewind and replay these moments—on a recording or in your mind’s ear—you learn how music’s power is a function of exquisitely placed sound events that stand out and make themselves felt in you.
So, I’m always on the lookout for passing micro-moments and locating them has become a listening litmus test to answer an insistent question:
Can this music offer me an epiphany?