Saturday, June 30, 2012

Auditory Dreaming

The listener is well aware of the hierarchy of musical elements found in typical works of all types.  Rhythm, melody, harmony, and beat have the most appeal in popular music, and are generally considered essential in all other genres.

Setting aside these dominant forms opens the imagination, where possibilities are illuminated and sounds move in every direction, seemingly formless and elusive, waiting to be captured and brought to reality.

Friday, June 29, 2012

No Less Art

Decorative design is not a necessity.  It is no more needed on an article of clothing than on the hilt of a sword.  It exists for other reasons.

As sound, let it beautify the air; let it enhance the atmosphere if nothing more.  But there is more, certainly, and there are many more reasons for every form of sound art.

One Year Ago

from Thursday's Crossword:  "Music Producer Brian _ _ _."

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

High Strangeness

In folklore, those who experienced otherworldly or haunting music describe it as mesmerizing and overwhelming, and unlike anything experienced in life.

Often described as the most beautiful sound the percipient had ever heard, the common thread in most cases is that it was impossible afterwards to remember the tune.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Art in the Present Day

The disconnect between art and music in the popular imagination is considerable, given the fact that popular singers and musicians are always referred to as artists.

In many cases elitist notions of art appear contrived to limit the public appreciation of works that diverge from the commonplace, and cultural conditions at times reflect the idea that the broad audience of people is incapable of understanding and enjoying a diversity of works. 

This is nonsense.  Such ideas are unworthy of the cultivated mind.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Sound, Consciousness, Expansion

Listen to everything in relation to all things.

Consider and experience a continuum of sound, rather than simply regard the idea of music as patterns of sound in time.

Sunday, June 24, 2012


The inner ear grasps meaning in emotional, intellectual, and spiritual terms.

Sound perception differs in various circumstances and environments, whether they be considered natural or artificial, contrived or unaltered, but the percipient's experience is personal, reflecting the individuality of the listener.

Envision, compose, record, produce to create this personal experience.