Saturday, November 15, 2014

Clear Acuity

Sound, taken for granted, loses perceptibility, and the edges of consciousness are dulled.

Music becomes trite; voices are no longer laden with implication. Yet, while sensitivity to nuance may be lost, it may also be revived.

What is typically called silence is filled with sound.  Listen through the appearance of silence and the spark of auditory perception illuminates with vibration.  This is hearing with the inner ear.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Dogma and Curiousity

Progress is characterized by the development of extant ideas and methodologies.

This is certainly the case with music. And conversely, there is regression and decline.

Yet some will listen, and hear, sound in different ways altogether, setting alternative ideas in motion that reflect not only peculiar perceptions and sensibilities, but artistic purpose and aesthetic vision.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Something in the Air

Compose according to the ways atmospheres are perceived.

Listen in the presence of time past, attend the unfolding of aural images through the moment now; hear with the inner ear as distance toward time future diminishes.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Distant and Near

Turn an ear toward the simple and beautiful.

Imagine it evolving complexity, through touch that illuminates.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Proper Differences

Find the sounds that represent the atmosphere, and thereby expand the moment now.

Unlike the short bursts of emotion common to musical expression, the extended works engage and enlarge perspective, altering the setting while contributing to thought and reflection.  The so-called "power of music" is, in fact, the force of the listener's response as much as it is that of the artist's intent, and, as energy, it evolves as a matter of course toward greater objectives and purposes.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Source and Loss

The society that presumes to take art for granted will be bereft of all its advantages.

Artists will decline to seek cultural acceptance, the public imagination will stagnate, and critical thinking, along with creative innovation, will exhaust its vitality. This is no prognostication, but a present crisis.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Alt / Experiment

Speculative music postulates "the other".

Conceive sounds brought into forms that engage listening perception as events in motion, as natural aural effects, as phenomena outside the range of standard instrumentation and contrivance.