Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pop, Tone

Consider auditory imagery in terms of visual imagery.

There will be stylistic sonic repetition as long as it is tolerable, that is to say, as long as an audience exists for nostalgia, the veneration of things past their time.

These sounds may be regarded as fashionable forms, and the attitudes they represent will be repeated as patterns filling various contexts engraved in the popular imagination as musical genres.

From this perspective, of course, there is no comprehensible future-- such impossibly distant sounds can only be envisioned and created outside cultural and commercial norms.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Persuasion, Against Conformity

Art distorts with intent to clarify.

As music may be viewed as reflecting culture at large, sound environments mirror the culture of the listener for whom individual perspective is of primary importance.  This is a point of view unmoved by collective and populist influences, for both composer and listener.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Path and Power

Patterns occur spontaneously in the rise and fall of things as well as according to design.

Rather than follow the established patterns of music, create according to the unfolding of sounds as observed in the course of nature and human events.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Not to Follow

One listening to the common fare hears but a single gesture.

To simplify is not to denigrate; to represent facts clearly and authoritatively is not to engage in supercilious trivialities; to create is not to destroy, but to attend to the necessities of existential reality with the survivor's stark knowledge and wit.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Aural Continuum

Movement is constant and continually changing within atmospheres.

Atmospheres are in constant sonic flux as well, and auditory perception adapts with the subtleties of spatial orientation to various sounds.  Although sound compositions may exaggerate and reflect the sensual nature of such phenomena, technology does not, as yet, allow the composer to "place" diverse sounds in listening environments and manipulate them to the extent the imagination might suggest.

But imagination will make such developments possible.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Creative Environments

Purpose and expression are of equal moment.

The universal sounds of life contribute to cultural settings and perceptions.  For the composer, this means an aesthetic of impressions and atmospheric effects brought into being in accord with the phenomena of listening and hearing.  While such compositions are neither linear nor "musical" in the traditional sense, they are nonetheless executed according to the composer's authentic experience and the peculiar designs and methods that give them form.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Enigmatic Pursuit

New and unformed roots inevitably take hold.

When music and audience are altered irrevocably, pivotal changes transform expression of sound.