Saturday, October 06, 2012

Paint with Words, Sculpt with Sounds

That the idea of "art" as a kind of effortless free expression reserved for the brilliant and gifted remains in common currency, given centuries of evidence to the contrary, is absurd.

All that becomes art does so through a prolonged process of arduous focus and uncompromising personal vision, upending the facile and the mundane while transforming the fabric of existence into the tapestry of the future, and always against the tyranny of the status quo.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Sound, Imagery, Metaphor

Sound suggests and becomes atmosphere.

Settings and the objects within them may be symbolic and archetypal, and sound, as well, may impress these shapes and shades of meaning upon the listener.  These may be sweeping and expansive or intimate, with a variety of aural motifs evocative of emotional and spiritual  impressions.

From an artist's or composer's perspective, such are the musical designs, textures, combinations, and juxtapositions of aural imagery that immerse the listener in a contemplative listening environment.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Impulse, Direction, Detail

Images, emotions, and ideas appear to the creative artist or composer, fraught with complications. Some would call certain insights impossible to convey.

Any limits placed upon the creative impulse must be intentional on the artist's part, and never in subjection to cultural conformity.  To do otherwise is a failure of vision.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Technology and Impression

Villiers de L'isle Adam might write today, "As for living, our machines will do that for us".

Instead, direct perception through the medium of technology, rather than merely towards it.  From the composer's perspective, the work must do more than fill the ears, the heart and the mind.

 It must open them.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Self, Scene, Sound

Environments shape human action and interaction.

We respond to settings and the people we find in them in a variety of ways, with diverse behaviors that are reflections of personal character.  It may or may not be within our control to be in certain places or circumstances, but our choices within them are indicators of whether or not we conform our wills to the reality of those scenarios.  As Epictetus puts it, it is within our power to refrain or sustain.

Clearly, then, it is apparent that certain atmospheres are themselves possessed of degrees of character, as impressed upon them by humanity, and that others, though perceived through the filter of human consciousness. reveal a different order of existence.

It is the composer's sense of reality as well as self that inspires and shapes musical works.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Culture and Consciousness

As speech patterns vary according to geography and background, so do perceptions of the arts.  This is particularly the case with music, as it is universally constant.

As a result listening habits become fixed and ingrained, with little variation over time, as is only natural.

This is not to say that the adventurous listener will not discover the extraordinary, but to note the distance from the commonplace that must be crossed to connect with such works.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sound in Time and Mind

Music in its varied forms or genres appeals to diverse interests and levels of attention.

Beyond existing in these forms as diversion or entertainment, combinations of sounds are, in and of themselves, of aesthetic and artistic moment, and contribute to heightened states of consciousness.