Saturday, September 24, 2016

Gesture and Resonance

Cultural environments may or may not impose conditions upon perspective.

Artistic perspective is concerned with vision, concept, finished work, total effect. and little else.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Against the Enervating

The artist today is well-advised to seek perspectives outside the cultural mainstream.

This is not to say it is necessary to focus the attention away from tradition or the self-evident good in society and culture, but to risk the observation that these may, in fact, be far removed from the norms in common currency and worthy of interest and perusal.  Very little is as it appears to be.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Unseen Path

A common perspective is, by definition, mundane.  So, in fact, is its opposite.

That which is forward-thinking comes into being by individual and independent thought, neither commonplace nor contrary to the expected, but sui generis, outside and distant from agenda and ideology.  This is thought as art, and contemplation as elevated experience leading toward solution-based outcomes.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sparks in the Night

Indefensible perspectives and ideas cannot withstand dissent and debate.

For such benighted ideologies to attain and hold cultural dominance, all contrary expressions must be silenced.  There are places where this is possible, and conditions that make this possible.

Where one voice is raised, others will rise.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Courage, Risk, and the Avant-Garde

Art cannot exist in a totalitarian social environment.

It can only go underground.  Wherever in the shadows it may be glimpsed, it must be defended.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Music for Polymorphic Listening

Sounds in combinations form constructions, and these, in juxtaposition with other sounds, evolve.

This evolution develops an extended structure, or design, based upon simple tones or other chosen sound events. These may then be increased or decreased in scope by adding or removing elements, and continued to any duration desirable according to the aesthetic judgement of the composer.

The total effect of such compositions varies with the perceptual awareness of the listener, who is not directed to the specific experience of "the movement of sound through time".

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Unknown Unknowns

Unnecessary information is ubiquitous, and stultifying.

Essential information consists of all that is forgotten, or not yet known. Go in this direction.