Saturday, August 17, 2013

Mirror to Nature

The sounds of the phenomena of reality reflect a greater order than those corresponding to the structures of music.

The artistic vision and the inner ear of the composer perceive within the limits of individual consciousness, but only by choice within the confines of expectation.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Sequence, Continuum

As a composer, I view each work and recording as an element in a single process.

These are atmospheres in succession, as over the course of seasons, progressing in gradual and subtle flux.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Aural Gesture and Meaning

Perception seeks expression.

The process of bringing sound designs into being is a movement from mental image to total effect.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sound and Sense of the Real

Sound and visual media offer not only representations of reality, but illusions that are anathema to lucid perceptions of life in the world as it exists.

This is a matter of conscious choice, one of perceptivity, sensibility, and creativity.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


There comes a point at which the things of the past appear far removed from the moment now.

But these are the impermanent things, for the most part, and they seem alien to the present just as such things that now represent the chaff of culture will appear in the future.

The way of integrity and timelessness is the way of the artist.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Imagining Sounds

The visual artist envisions objects and ideas.

Sounds emerge spontaneously in dreams; the listener, and particularly the composer, may cultivate these perceptual phenomena by reflection, contemplative examination, and experience in listening and hearing.

In such ways the reach of the inner ear expands, and with it, perceptual consciousness.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Beyond Echo and Imprint

Imitation with variation is intrinsic to genre music, and the reconfiguration of common elements is a standard practice.  This is not because of lack of skill or imagination, but out of  a sense of stylistic conformity.

Ultimately, this continuing reworking of what some call "classic" elements diminishes their impact and their predictability becomes stale and boring to the astute listener, who is receptive to change.

These are the listeners for whom artistic gesture in sound design and engaged aesthetic sensibility in perception and expression represent the modern, and the drawing of the future into the present.