Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sound as Music, Sound as Art

Sound is an art medium to be manipulated like any other.

Put plainly, this perspective has little to do with the fundamentals of musical composition--  melody, beat, rhythm, harmony, tempo, and so forth.  Rather, the fabrication and juxtaposition of sounds has everything to do with utilizing the principles and elements of art: lines, textures, values, forms, space, and things of this nature, with emphasis given to their relationship to tone.

As such a composer, I remain ambivalent as to whether such works should be considered music, even given their intended aesthetic appeal.  Such debate is of no importance to the listener's inner ear.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ambience and Environs

Atmospheres encompass unique variables.

Sound compositions designed to reflect and express the effects of these variables require methods and strategies altogether removed from musical processes in general, being more akin to recording and combining environmental events than arranging instrumental and vocal music.

Yet these are not random processes, but relate to the more expansive and subtle configuration of human perception and the totality of all things.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Confrontation, Contradistinction

The phenomena of existence present themselves, to be perceived and apprehended as real.

Certainly this is clear, yet it does not go without saying because appearances may be misinterpreted, sometimes intentionally, to support one's perspective or world-view, for example.  And nothing good can come of it.

Rather than stoke the fires of temperament, my intentions are to design sound works that may, in fact, subdue emotion; rather than create linear music, I establish aural settings and allow sounds to emerge as they are perceived in everyday life.  Though these pieces are directed and stylized toward enhancement of aesthetic effect, the more contrived and artificial nature of linear music, in contrast, can be distinctly observed and noted by the interested listener.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Tone and mood will not remain static in the rise and fall of things.

Integrity is continuity.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Stylized Points of View

Art presents perspective.

Whether visually, or through sound, movement, poetry or sculpture, representation of perception creates communication, and thereby emotional connotation, ideas, and perceptual feeling may be conveyed beyond the obstacles of distance and time.

Whether simple and direct or sophisticated and finely wrought, the value of experience is given new reality through shared personal expression.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Spirit II

These recordings represent sounds and patterns I hear in surrounding environments as accurately as I can delineate them.  

Between humorless mediocrity and mindless absurdity there are numberless variables, and outside either extreme may be found sincere gravity on the one hand with keen wit on the other.  Within the dynamic between the real and the spurious lies the balancing point of personal perception and artistic representation.

Completeness reveals itself in total effect, in art and in life.