Saturday, July 11, 2015

Above Sensation, Light and Sound

Aesthetic experience is, in a broad, general sense, meaningful reflection evoked through art.

The aesthetic sense, beyond its profound contemplative significance and its contributions to elevated states of being, also seizes upon false perception and dispels illusion.

Thus it is wise to cultivate this clarity of experience, as it extends into critical observation of culture, politics, and other representations of reality.

Friday, July 10, 2015

To Sense

Emotion is energy, whether active or passive.

But emotion is neither vision nor clarity of purpose, and each requires reason.

One must rebel, first and foremost, against irrationality. The artist must see, and the composer must hear, those things that go unseen and unheard in the self-immolation of superficiality and the tyranny of the media-directed spirit of the day, else perish in mediocrity.

The shadows fall in the surrounding world as if the presence of something uncanny announces itself, seizing the attention as if by mystic force.  It is here, an opportunity for shade against the heat, and it appears suddenly and strangely to the distracted mind, as if it is always no more than a mere image, and light years away from common experience.  Lose the facts of reality and lose culture, and life.

Thursday, July 09, 2015


One must be culturally aware.

This does not mean one must necessarily be a participant, but to be cognizant of events, ideas, and attitudes is essential to critical awareness, even if one moves contrary to prevailing winds.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Collapse and Rise

Time and distance are inconsequential.

The true obstacles to vision, art, and progress are evil, intentional ignorance, and complacency. As always, they appear novel, appeal to the instincts, and ultimately impede elevation of the spirit.

There can be no compromise in the name of art. No compromise whatsoever.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Élan Vital

The art of sound, as I see it, contributes to sustaining the light of reason.

The aesthetic moment is one of clarity of consciousness evoked through experience of art, and yet it is outside the awareness of all but a very few. Though it may be refined, and overanalyzed to an absurd degree, it is merely a moment of vigorous insight into life itself and the act of living with awareness and grace.

It is available to all, sparked by perception and cognition, unfettered by politics, identity issues, cultural disputations, or the influence of the juggernaut of digital mass media on the collective zeitgeist.

It requires nothing more than recognition of the contemplative means by which such understanding is conveyed.

Pause, reflect.  Listen, and hear.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Stand Fast

When reason is forced to yield to emotion, doors close, gates are locked.

Art unstops the eyes and ears.  This cannot be real and be compromised.

Sunday, July 05, 2015


Any artistic gesture is the result of will and opportunity.

The art of sound is an expression of grace, clarity, and subtlety that cannot be forced or falsified.