Saturday, August 06, 2016

Symbol, Custom, and Balkanization

Rather than the case or situation of "audience", observe that of "participants".

It is a phenomenon of identity politics projected into the cultural setting.  One is no longer informed, experiencing, and sharing aspects and elements of culture and community, but separating into any one of numerous highly insular subcultures that evidence hostility toward all others.

This has nothing to do with art and artists, but is rather an anomaly of social conditioning that must ultimately run its course before a renewal of aesthetic values comes about.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Listening Beyond Music

Whether simple or sophisticated, music is subject to general principles of organization.

But what I am interested in are compositions based on evolving tones and their spatial and temporal relationships.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

State of Being, Perceptual Acuity, Elevation

Rhythm generated responses develop as actions in individual and social interactions.

Hence, the art of advertising utilizes rhythm in its productions to enhance desirable effects, with the implication that rhythm may be consciously used to manipulate activities in various settings.

Conversely, stillness enhances reflection, equanimity, and reasoned decision making; these responses make external motivations difficult, if not impossible, to take hold in individuals and groups.

As an artist and composer, I assert that more of the latter forms of music and sound art, those based upon tone and atmosphere as opposed to frenetic movement, are called for in contemporary culture, for obvious, and yes, existential, reasons.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016


Grasp its appearance only; it says nothing.

Art is the connection between two worlds, between the perceiver and the reality expressed.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016


Creation is representation- object, idea, event.

There is no perfection.  That is not necessary.

Form, manner, expression, and ultimately, vision- these are of critical importance.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Clear Cause

For the time being, culture appears bereft of focus upon clarity of thinking.

Reason, and what is typically called the evidence of the senses, is all but eliminated from the cultural discourse, which is dominated by emotion and feeling.  One need not even question the agendas behind this development over the last decades.  It is enough to know it as an element of control in various scenarios involving social engineering throughout corporate, political, academic, and cultural settings. Only the individual can choose to transcend these failures of objectivity and the intellect, but even so, it is a monumental challenge to overcome these ubiquitous forces.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Not All Things Are Connected

The art of sound belongs to no movement, but to the individual.

What the art of sound will be, it becomes.  The force of what has not come to pass exists now.