4 middle aged white guys sit at a work table at a grant meeting to evaluate classical music submissions. one is the editor of a music paper. one is an engineer. two are composers. they are each handed photocopied notes about each piece they will judge, title of the piece, name of composers, duration, instrumentation, the companies recording and marketing plans.
the seasoned employee from the granting body starts playback of first submission. The photocopied notes before the judges indicate this piece is 12 minutes long.
“okay heard enough? shall we go to the next one?” she says pausing the playback after only 20 seconds elapsed.
all nod their heads affirmatively.