Saturday, December 22, 2012

Sound Approaching Mind

There exist deeper mysteries than all those found within the ambit of electronic media.

There are deeper, longer thoughts, and far more distant destinations than are realized in the frenetic commonplace of events as they are now understood.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Connectivity, Representation, Individual Vision

Cultural, social, and personal environs converge and diverge continually.

Observe the ways each alters communication, creativity, and perspective. What is to be seen and heard in the varied settings and conditions associated with each may be rich with ideas, emotions, and implications at certain times and places, yet, at others, meaningless and absurd or intellectually and emotionally bankrupt.

Choice of idea, feeling, theme, and manner of expression guides the artist's hand, whether in the direction of  the common and mundane or toward the ineffable and uncanny.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

In the Moment

Observe and listen.

Of the senses, these are of greatest importance to reason and intuition.  See, hear, and reflect upon experience; contemplate the possible and the mysteries of the here and now.

But mine is a Nineteenth Century mind, confronting the quandary of the debate regarding divine order and mundane chaos, unmoved by any desire to be and become no more than a healthy animal.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Grand Air of Experience

Perception informs reason.

Music engages the temporal and the physical, but these need not claim and subdue the imagination.

Their combination may, in fact, bring about a catalytic atmosphere that elevates and liberates the sense of being beyond the material strictures of time and space.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Periphery of Music

At its cultural center the manner of composing and listening to music is representative of the narrow vision of popular entertainment.  There is nothing beyond the generic forms in such a view.

The imaginative perspective seeks aesthetic beauty in all forms, including those in such continual flux that, like the rhythms and patterns of nature, they appear to be formless.

The recognition of such subtleties begins with reason and yields an intuitive grace of understanding, evolving gradually past the mundane until evoking, at times, a sudden brilliant satori of expanded perception.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Motion and Repose, Modernity and Tradition

Advanced technology does not necessarily imply advanced thinking.

Progress and innovation are inconsequential without the perception and assessment associated with reason.  In musical artistry, technique in performance and brilliance in composition mean little if they provide nothing more than transient diversion and entertainment.

To contemplate and reflect upon representations of elevated expression-- as opposed to the merely frenetic and mundane-- is to listen, and to hear, engaging and expanding consciousness in the course of everyday experience.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Emerging Figures, Aural Distances

Patterns multiply and disperse.  Footsteps, heartbeats, air traffic, television, creatures of the wilderness by the sun and moon.

Every atmosphere evidences sounds that might be called natural, or those associated with culture, social environments, and technology, or any combination of all of these.

Every sound is an event, with so many going unnoticed that discernment dims until perception awakens.