Saturday, October 13, 2012


Musical selections programmed for public places presume, with some accuracy, various attitudes and emotional perspectives, and adhere generally to the rhythm and pace of social activity.

In short, such music reflects and promotes movement, manipulates and entertains.

Consider, in contrast, musical environments conducive to reflection and contemplative, creative activity, designed in such a way as to illuminate consciousness while contributing to clarity of thought.  

Friday, October 12, 2012

Changes in the Nature of Listening

Conceptual compositions designed to reflect the manner in which the observer encounters sounds in the real world also draw the receptive listener into altered perspectives and perceptions of sounds and surroundings.

As a result of becoming oriented to ways of listening and hearing beyond one's accustomed norms, sensitivity to aesthetically beautiful aural impressions-- what might be called the fair sounds of the everyday-- grows to be constant and immersive.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Intimacy and Transcendence

Moving freely to diverse perspectives, the authentic and the artificial become less well-defined and the imaginative, suggestive, and perceptually striking seize the attention.

The tedium of constant familiarity loses its grip, giving way to the impulse toward fuller cognition and deeper awareness of setting and scene, implication and intention, the visionary and the uncanny.

Listen, hear, experience; move beyond general expectation and the excessive and the absurd as well, on toward clarity, balance, and, one may dare say, the beautiful.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Open Air

The casual observer will see clearly that perception of music is the result of cultural conditioning,

Yet the contemporary stage is set for the listener to explore far beyond narrowly defined cultural expectations for musical realities, and there no longer exist viable sub-cultural social contexts defined primarily by music styles (and adherence to associated fashions) for good reasons.

The common and the outré, being easily accessible, are on equal footing, and as a result the insular mentality engendered by sub-cultural identification has grown untenable and ridiculous, particularly over the last decade.

 The listener is free to follow any sounds in any direction, and so is the composer and creative artist.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012


Lack of meaning is merely that.  Nothing more.

Art is endless connection and implication.

Monday, October 08, 2012


Styles spread throughout culture, gradually losing impact as saturation takes place, then languish and dissipate, as the history of music and the arts demonstrates.

The individual artist must act according to personal vision and fundamental facts.  Medium, method, and message stagnate without the will to investigate the unexplored and the discipline to risk failure.

Neither failure nor success are ends in themselves.  

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Movement, Distance, Direction

Culture provides, exploration reveals, and art offers perspectives.

In the world of auditory arts there is the given, everywhere in evidence, and the unusual, being out of the ordinary.  But there exists also the unexpected or uncanny, and with it a change in perception.