Saturday, September 20, 2014


The art of sound exists as a result of processes abstract and concrete.

Through immersion in aural imagery, listener and composer experience emotion, thought, and perception.

In the ebb and flow of cultural consciousness, cognizance of the depth of the past and the possibilities of futures to be may become lost in the mediocre and mundane. But the artist as composer refuses to enter shallow waters, and holds to those things untouched by time.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Generic Feeling

Music is often used to enhance emotional states, to minor effect.

Of greater significance is the potential of sound in sustaining contemplative perception.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Idea and Impact

The objective of a work of art is realization of expression.

Yet the aesthetic beauty of a work is also a goal, and not an afterthought.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Expansion and Opposition

Speculative sound composition establishes a mean and proposes extremes.

Sophistication, once gained, develops in the direction of simplicity. Out of simplicity, the creative synthesis moves toward complexity.  Juxtaposed, the extremes may come into balance, there to be sustained in a long-form work that challenges ideas of the "musical" and the "atmospheric".

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Process and Progress

Technology provides exceptional creative opportunities.

For the artist, composer, and speculative thinker, coming to terms with the numerous technical aspects of media entails establishing limits as well as exceeding them, particularly when aspects of technology afford far more than is necessary to realize specific concepts and create desired effects.

The outcomes technology may produce must not come into being at the expense of imagination.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Attitude of Listening and Inquiry

The good and the beautiful are self-evident.

Music is recognized according to culturally defined terms, then personal experience engenders preferences, whether narrow and biased or broad and general.

The skeptical mind, capable of considering the traditional and historical with incisive acumen, rarely seeks to question the contemporary, whether its representations are abstruse or dull and mundane.

And thus the same patterns continue to repeat, until vision, listening, and being progress beyond what is merely given to be common understanding.

The artist cannot presume, but must take action.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fulfilling Expectations

Generic music is easily identified.

The appeal of the various genres lies in predictability.

Since technology has rendered music a disposable commodity, there is nothing to be gained by satisfying the demands of an audience that has everything.

The composer, therefore, is motivated by art, perception, belief, and the aesthetic act.  Nothing more?

Nothing more.