Saturday, September 22, 2012


The cultural significance of the arts and letters varies in intensity from time to time. Literature and poetry, music and the visual arts will, on various occasions, take precedence over such things as business and politics in the public square.

The way of the artist, regardless, is alight with the lamp of vision.

Friday, September 21, 2012


Artistic efforts may be marred by the necessity of empathy with the artist.  It can be difficult to sustain interest in works burdened by such subjectivity.

Conversely, the painter or composer rarely serves the role of a mere recording device.

The balance is found in both vision and the manner of representation through which idea, feeling, and corresponding imagery are conveyed.

To deny the value of moderation suggests insufficient capacity to appreciate it; to denigrate the virtues of restraint is commonplace absurdity.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Auditory Topography

Every movement and change in perspective alters the listener's perception of the surroundings.

Accordingly, compositions and recordings, given various effects and juxtapositions of sounds, may suggest a walk through a landscape.  

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Unperceived, yet it exists.

Unheard, it coalesces in the unconscious.

Beyond and beneath notice, it assumes form and its vibrations move toward expression.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Echoes of the Future

Consider auditory art beyond current forms.

Music is a medium that communicates with the unconscious; the sounds of myriad historic eras reveal their various cultures in the light of emotions, ideas and attitudes.  The solemn, the frenzied, the simple and the sophisticated reflect in sound the human condition of the times.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Take A Moment

Listen, hear, think, and imagine the sound of the immediate surroundings to be the sound of unfamiliar music.

Yet, more likely than not, there is already music in the surrounding environment.

If this is the case, consider the mood, tone, and theme of that music in comparison to what the atmosphere suggests without their presence.  

Sunday, September 16, 2012


The reality of the sudden creative impulse is undeniable.

It leaps from the cool darkness of the unconscious with diamond brilliance, draws together scattered yet critical glimpses of ideas into conceptual clarity, and unites vision and act in the expression of art.

Yet it strikes according to preparedness, and in the unique form of the individual artist, and so it is incumbent upon the artist to know, analytically and viscerally, the ways and means by which such personal visions come to bear upon the creative spirit and are realized through application of idea and method, if it is to be a continuous influx and constant force.

The prolific creativity of an elevated imagination and a steady hand is undeniable as well.