Saturday, July 16, 2011

Black Mountain School / From the Album: Elevation


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    Friday, July 15, 2011

    Take a Breath

    Inspiration will not be controlled.  With labor, intensive and prolonged, it will strike, and strike more often than not.

    Thursday, July 14, 2011

    Transformation Ambient -- A Stylistic Consideration

    --Not so much interested in the idea of "soundtracks" as in capturing or creating impressions of various environments and settings.  As certain sounds reflect natural landscapes and conditions, others evoke man-made topographies and urban "zones".  Organic tones suggest the former areas, perhaps, while those associated with man-made instruments might subtly reflect the idea of human habitation. 

    All subjective-- nonetheless, I hear it that way, and so construct it.  Cultural conditioning, evidently.

    "Soundtrack" implies plot, character, action in progress.  Let the listener instead have desirable conditions of any sort, any narrative or none at all (beyond the suggestive artifice of title and sound and imagery the artist offers). 

    What I would consider "Transformation Ambient" music tends to be unconfined, non-linear, insisting upon no particular mood, attitude, or temperament.  It combines with the consciousness of the listener as opposed to demanding attention, moving through space and time, combinations and permutations, cycles and reflections, as opposed to the more "static" ambient forms.

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011


    Ideas of consequence and merit recorded in antiquity do not merely cease to exist in the present day.

    The faculty of Reason elevates humanity.

    Epicureans viewed the universe as the random scattering of atoms and events; Stoics looked at the harmonious balance of the cosmos as the effect of a conscious design.

    Human will is self-directed, and shared with a higher power; or it is other-directed, and motivated by external things.

    The appearance we choose to present to the world is a measure of our character; so also are our thoughts, actions, motivations of conscience, the words we speak and our reputations.  Of these, all are within our power except the last, and we may as well be indifferent to it in terms of praise or scorn.

    Monday, July 11, 2011


    Conditions for aural stimulus:



    Combinations of the two

    Atmospheres accompanying-- internal (mostly architectural); external (natural and man-made); evolving environmental changes.

    Sunday, July 10, 2011


    Does all of humanity exist on the same plane of consciousness?

    The answer seems obvious.  Then you glance at the evening news.