Saturday, December 31, 2016

In Stillness and In Motion

The virtue and force of every sublime sound elevates consciousness.

The sounds of life are music, to those who will listen, and hear.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Aural Synthesis

It is possible to manipulate sound as a creative individual would the various art media.

One might suggest, in a simplistic way, that it is possible to create a sound composition in the manner of an Impressionist, or in any form related to methods utilized in visual arts. This obviously demands a working knowledge of art, stylistic methods, and the production of sound.  Yet, unlike the classical Tone Poem, such compositions need not be dependent upon most elements of music, particularly the "popular" elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and so forth. Nor is it necessary that these pieces be Minimalist in nature or adhere to any type of Ambient style.

I choose to compose representations of sounds as they occur "in the wild", using an aural palette.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Divergent Ear

Music "as we know it" serves myriad purposes.

Among these purposes are entertainment, diversion, emotional reinforcement, dance, and aesthetic pleasure, that is to say, listening enjoyment, whether by simple or refined appreciation of the art of music and the technical skill with which it is composed, arranged, and performed.

I count myself among those privileged to have attended performances by an astonishing array of artists in virtually every musical genre; in a number of cases I have worked and performed with these artists, who I admire and respect to this day, and they all, to one degree or another, have impacted my own work.

Yet I hear differently, and what I hear, and work to express, is not "music as we know it".

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Resolution for a Problematic Music

Observe a surfeit of information yielding little in the way of what might be called enlightenment.

One proceeds with awareness and intent, not subject to the idea that "such and such a thing has been done before".  As these notes demonstrate, there are ways and means to look beyond "the given".

Needed is a conclusive synthesis and assessment of these concepts, falling, as they do, outside common musical limits, that illuminates the resulting form of aesthetic sound art, its purposes, methods, and effects.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Vision and Risk

With authentic change, unexpected opportunities arise.

Those capable of expressing these cultural phenomena will be the first to recognize and realize them.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Being and Art

Perceptive observation elevates expression.

Balance the personal in terms of the objective.  Subjective emotion is an obstacle, not an end.