“There: the first bar brings the boredom of familiarity to your ear and anticipates the boredom of the bar to follow. Let us relish, from bar to bar, two or three varieties of genuine boredom, waiting all the while for the extraordinary sensation that never comes.”
“Second hand ecstasy” is the sum of music that seeks to replicate the impact of past innovations. The ecstasy spoken of is the sensation you feel when what you hear defies your understanding of what is possible. Sound ecstasies become second hand because the act of reproducing forms that were impossible before the moment they were first born undermines the fact that they are newly made.