Saturday, April 12, 2014


Certainty regarding the nature of reality yields particular expectations of experience.

Such certainty defies the rapidity of change, and expectations are constantly unraveling.  Ideas set in motion in past centuries move toward resolutions not yet imagined.

The expressions of artist and composer do not always reflect and support the ideals and fashions of the present day; according to their individual perspectives, the past and future are unfolding together, and thus their peculiar expressions are constantly changing and emerging.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Auditory Observation

Pause and take note of irregular sounds.

Cognizant of the formations of sound outside the scope of mundane events, one one gains awareness of their multifarious aspects, increasingly becoming conscious of the fact that these aural phenomena are not as rare as they might initially seem.

What is rare is the ability to discern their presences within the common noises of the day.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Light and Tone

Sounds, and the effects they produce, vary in intensity and may be interpreted differently from one setting to another.  Though the effects are not as pronounced, the same is true for artistic visual representations.

Additionally, as variation in lighting of scenes and objects produces aesthetic and emotional reactions in the visual arts, so tone color, acoustic clarity, and the character of aural images may be designed to evoke impressions that contribute to the poetic meanings of sound productions.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Beat Time, Wind

Art's origins and endings are those of perception, imagination, and expression.

The young are assembled, then taught how to shake rattles, slap sticks and pound cans in unison, opening the doors of rhythm.  As rhythm excites and holds sway, to dominate and define emotional connections to sound, less attention is given to the myriad ways sounds become manifest through other processes of culture and nature.

But as perception and imagination will not be limited, so will expression bring forth reflections upon other forms of sound, and other ways of listening.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014


Settings dominated by noise hinder clarity of perspective, jarring the most even-tempered nature.

It is not necessary or desirable to shut out the world; what is prudent and essential is to restore and sustain a sense of balance and equanimity in one's life and surroundings.

This process, too, is an art.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Moments of Clarity

Instances of direct perception may take place in any setting, without the necessity of preparation.

It is as if, while engaged in the business of life, the world of external reality suddenly presents itself to the senses and demands acknowledgement, in full, of being, in and of itself.

Any art may serve as the medium through which such experiences become real.  The art of sound lends itself to evolving atmospheres that are conducive to evoking, and sustaining, such insight and awareness.

Sunday, April 06, 2014


Voices, machines, the auditory phenomena of nature and cultural activity are familiar to the listener.

The argument might be made that we are more intimately acquainted with the sonic properties of recorded music and speech than with the aural qualities of our own environments, the unintended consequence of advancements in sound reproduction over the past century.

For listener and composer, such a proposition implies the necessity for contemplative experience with regard to perceptual awareness, and the need for listening, and hearing, with the inner ear.