Saturday, February 08, 2014

Transience and Aesthetic Temperament

Among myriad attributes, art confronts mortality as witness to its reality.

The artist perceives and expresses, and these works are the experiences of a life seen, heard, and revealed.  There is much to do, much that can not be done, yet the way of the artist is to demand everything of oneself and very little otherwise.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Idea, Intuition, Sound, Vibration

Perceptions are limited; understanding is a subjective struggle with facts and appearances.

But every work of art corresponds, in fragments and imperfectly, to a greater design and vision.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Unknown Appearances

Hear what is not there.

Limited to expectations of listening experience, the imagination and perceptions constrict and stultify.

Discern, out of the ubiquitous familiar, those sounds that cannot be identified, remaining uncanny and out of reach. These are seeds of creative gesture, challenging artistic representation.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Environs II

In the course of the day, innumerable sounds and noises pass through consciousness.

Heard as musical constructs and given form in the imagination, such elements of aural imagery, if homely, fragmented, and for the most part unnoticed, nonetheless form an artist's palette of immense possibilities.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Opening Awareness

Varied sounds are suggestive of seasons, desirable surroundings, and serene settings or circumstances.

Still other tones and juxtapositions of aural patterns bring to mind the weathering of rocks, stillness of ocean expanses, movement of bone against muscle, and stranger, more subtle, vaguely unconscious perceptions or ideas.

To listen, and so to hear with the inner ear, is to explore and discover.

Monday, February 03, 2014

To Strive and to Revolt

Dare to do, and dare again and again.

No artist need apologize for the range and scope of individual vision and arduous work, nor tolerate ignorance in the act of bringing forth light.

Sunday, February 02, 2014


Design implies purpose.

The composer recognizes artistic work as having abstract and concrete value.  Such things as are evident in analysis and experience of sound productions- aesthetic pleasure and interest as well as suitability for the listening environment can serve here as examples- are of essential significance.

Yet beyond the beautiful and finely-rendered, from my perspective, the most desirable effects are those of illumination, equanimity, and elevation.