I have a little bit of a beef with Taylor on his association with the Nova Effect of Ideas occurring in conjunction with a nova effect in music, the rise of absolute music etc. Namely, I think the nova effect in music should really be placed long after the beginning of the Nova Effect of Ideas. At the time Voltaire was writing and had a large following - the early-mid 18th century, music was still relatively static - 4-part orchestras, string quartets - these were all standard 'acceptable' venues for people to attend. New genres of widely admired music (namely Jazz and a little later, blues, swing, rock) did not come about until the early 20th century. I would go so far as to say that the only things that spawned musical variety were:
A) musicians/composers needing less support from aristocratic patrons
B) The electric era - recording, effects, new possibilities for instruments (first electric guitar was manufactured in 1932)
C) instruments, music, and free time more widely accessible due to increasing wealth in the west
Considering it took 100 years for music to catch up with Taylor's Nova effect, and considering that sheer unimpeded human innovation seems like reason enough that new music should arise, Taylor might be mistaken on the point of music. Certainly music would later go on to express the nova effect in both words and mood, but does this mean that the wide variety which now exists spawned only because people became more receptive to the idea of doubting God?
Curious as to what your folks thoughts on this are...
Also, two ridiculously unique styles:
Animals as Leaders (8-string guitar instrumental metal)
Andy McKee and his harp guitar: