Saturday, July 18, 2015

Direct Auditory Impression

Subjectivity falsifies.

Acknowledge, understand, refine perceptivity.  Create by virtue of reason and experience. To listen, really listen, is no different than to think critically, that is to say, to reason objectively and incisively.

It is a learned behavior.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Stirring Atmospheres

Atmosphere contributes to attitudes and the shaping of moods.

But while mood and attitude may subjectively color atmospheres, they do not directly alter qualities of the environment.  Surroundings that intentionally reflect perspectives must be created with such total effects in mind. The same concept applies to the development of aesthetic compositions in sound.

What the surroundings suggest, the composer must hear, and translate into representative forms.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hold Horizons Forward

Authentic expression of vast force overwhelms.

The artist as composer must act with restraint, capturing and sustaining the real dynamics of tone and color that elevate consciousness. Bombast and blather are modes of weakness, reinforcing impotence and inadequacy; the greatest potential is realized by drawing together and fully articulating the widest possible configuration of sonic forms and energies.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Illusion and Cold Light

As an artist, one may not be devoted to the arts at the expense of life's necessities and long survive.

Yet neither may a consumer culture deny the value of the arts while appropriating the contributions of artists. A society that accepts and condones blatant thievery of intellectual property will ultimately incur the consequences of both brutish ignorance and unrestrained self-indulgence.

Regardless, the artist, poet, and composer will not be silenced, nor the dancer paralyzed.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Shifting Cycles

Assume the perspective of media consumer, if you will.

What is revealed is suggestive.  Obviously, media usage reflects and reinforces a shallow sense of self-absorption and self-promotion, and the popularity of particular diversions and entertainment arts reinforce this.

These are the representations of reality that appeal to the common imagination, and that provide the supporters of this culture the climate it deserves, for a time.

And, as the historical record indicates, none of it will have any place in the future.

What is never certain is whether it will be replaced by more of the same, or rather by endeavors that demonstrate a leap of vision worthy of human individuality and civilization.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Beyond, Within Earshot

As the artist may see, so the composer may hear.

It is not possible to measure the immensity of variation in such perceptions.  It is not possible to say, with absolute certainty, that there is no more to experience than the mundane and temporal world.

Listen for shape, color, tone, movement and spirit, and hear more than mere sound.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Throughout the Singular Wave

The contemplative is always revolutionary, because it is beyond the mundane.

The path to realization of the contemplative in aesthetic expression can only be difficult in theory and execution, because it must always be uniquely representative of a greater world beyond the ego of the artist or composer.

There is no middle ground.  The total effect of the work will be effortless and transformative for the percipient, or nonexistent.  And this is beyond the will of the composer and artist.