Saturday, July 19, 2014

Like Water III

Sound events take place in expanding waves.

A single perspective suggests sound moves in a linear fashion through time, as in the development of a narrative ballad.  When multiple perspectives combine, however, through consideration of various aural effects such as spatial form, emphasis, shading, contrast, unity, and so forth, sound-- and time-- lend themselves to different perceptual interpretations and expressions.

Friday, July 18, 2014


Listening yields meaning.

This is not to propose that such meaning is always apparent, even to the listener. It may be necessary to adopt a more objective perspective to ascertain the numerous possible meanings a sound, piece of music, or pattern of sounds suggests.

What is certain is that some compositions (and recordings) will have sustained, timeless value, while others are dated to particular settings and events, and still others are silly, frivolous, and disposable.

Then there are the ultimate sounds, the archetypes-- the storm surge, mountain wind, desert night and urban cacophony-- the screams and whispers at the origins of all that may be heard and expressed.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Natural Touch

Consider the natural environment as a template for sonic art, or, if you will, expression of musical form.

Given that the intended outcomes are at the fringes of music, it is nonetheless expression that reflects, modifies, expands upon, and explores auditory events as they occur in the natural world through the prism of the composer's percipience and aesthetic perspective.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fancy and Gravity

Poetic thought, regardless of its forms of expression, creates juxtaposition and contrast.

Reader, viewer, and listener may interpret according to their best lights, yet the expression remains, over time, sharpened by conceptual understanding yet obscured by shades of cultural change.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Where to Begin

Sparks fly and may be traced to their origins.

Musicians create patterns.  What is rather more interesting is to discover patterns, particularly in the order of things in which no patterns appear to exist at all.

These are images in sound of the living world, those that set the inner ear of listener and composer ablaze with recognition.

Monday, July 14, 2014


The arts of sound convey emotions, ideas, and spiritual states of being.

The artist projects and objectifies experience as expression and as a learning process, extending and confirming knowledge while establishing perspectives at a distance from the boundaries of time and space.

Sunday, July 13, 2014


Changes in atmosphere may be observed continually.

This requires a contemplative approach, one honed by the practice of distinguishing perceptual subtleties. In recorded sound, it is the difference between hearing a finely delineated composition through compatible audio equipment and the same recording through "earbuds"-- it is a matter of choice and discrimination on the part of listener, composer, and producer.