Saturday, November 29, 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

Incipient Insight

Long-standing interpretations of the idea of advancement in the arts and sciences typically center around existing standards and related innovations.

Limiting the musical imagination to development and refinement of preexisting designs and models results in stultification, that is to say, the typical sounds of the contemporary in the second decade of the twenty-first century.  But these sounds are not congruent with the imagination of the modern.

The modern plunges forward with time past, drawing in time future.  This application of the idea of progress means to bring into being what will, in fact, exist.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Turning, Rising, Reaching

Contemporary culture is little concerned with the contemplative.

Yet the contemporary cultural narrative continually suggests that the life that is lived best is lived "unselfconsciously", and "in the moment".

Regardless, every moment spent in reflection and contemplation is its own reward, and more, freely grants an equanimity and clarity of reason that transcends the merely immediate.

Thus the purpose of all these works by Black Mountain School, and we extend the reader and listener our gratitude.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Consciousness of the Unusual

Informed by technology, consider the social and cultural imagination of the day.

Informed by direct perception, experience, and the wisdom of ages. consider imagination itself.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Continuum and Flux

Sound is meaningless until it approaches and engages perception.

Seize sound. Seize knowledge, history, freedom, experience.  In doing so, seize the art of being.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Neither Art, Nor Life

Shadows, in and of themselves, are not expressions.

One cannot experience reality by viewing it solely in terms of media.  This is a superficial appearance, whether found on the wall of a cave in flickering firelight or in high definition and one hundred feet tall.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Where, Then

Though rich in technology, contemporary culture is hobbled by collective predictability.

From the perspective of the historical Modern, the dearth of imagination, aggravated by the social and political stances against individualistic expression, explains the condition everywhere visible.

The solution, as always, is resistance and assertiveness on the personal level. The artist stands alone.