Sunday, August 11, 2019

Week 32 8/11/19

Perceive without bias. 

Experience the world directly, unfettered by "narratives".


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Sunday, August 04, 2019

Week 31 8/4/19

Culture fails without freedom of perspective.

Obstacles to freedom must be transcended if they are to be overcome.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Week 30 7/28/19

The first step is to set aside subjectivity.

Observation, perception, comprehension, without falsification. These are central to creative perspectives.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Week 29 7/21/19


Something is happening right in front of you, but you must chose to become aware of what it is.

What is the first step?

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Week 28 7/14/19

Keep to the One.

This expression is associated with the Celestial Way.  It implies honesty, nobility, and a connectedness with the phenomena of existence.  

One has an understanding of these things, or one does not, and one lives accordingly.  

What has this to do with art and music?

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Week 27 7/7/19

Creativity is an arc of idea and action.

Beyond control of the medium, the artist must exert influence upon the dynamic and momentum of aesthetic progress.  This is the craft of gesture, a guide and illumination to the creative impulse.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Week 26 6/30/19

Expand awareness.

Expand thinking.

These simple statements are understood by very few.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Week 25 6/23/19

The critical ear discerns and discriminates.

Neither praise nor opprobrium bears weight with the creative act itself, especially in terms of active listening.  Wait- now do you hear that?

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Week 24 6/16/19

Perception, and art, can be more than the semblance of reality.

Objectivity is necessary, beginning with efforts toward development of discernment.  One must see, not merely look; one must listen, not simply rely on ordinary hearing.

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Week 23 2/9/19

No need for explanation or justification.

One accepts, or one does not.  There is a difference between art and propaganda, and it is profound.


Sunday, June 02, 2019

Week 22 6/2/19

Assume any point of view.

What is essential is to separate the false from the true, and appearance from reality.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Week 21 5/26/19

Creative works reflect degrees of contemplation.

Some are thorough in critical and aesthetic perspective, some shallow.  The former expression reveals, intentionally or not, a sense of tradition, while the latter attempts to conceal ignorance.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Week 20 5/19/19

Art expands thinking.

Abstract views of possibilities imply a critical understanding of things that can happen and, of equal importance, things that will not happen.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Week 19 5/12/19

Observe the ways visual perspectives are recorded and represented.

How are these representations understood in the context of time and space?

Consider a myriad of sounds juxtaposed in the same manner.

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Week 18 5/5/19

Observe a singular force from separate points of view.

Consider ways by which recorded sound may express such perspectives. What is Impressionism?  What is Cubism?

Internalized information and understanding is knowledge.   Hollow words are meaningless.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Week 17 4/28/19

Concepts of forward movement and expansion imply different perspectives.

Perceptions of sound and time are not the same for everyone. Some are self-evidently accurate, while others are distorted. What is coincidence?

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Week 16 4/14/19

Expand awareness, grasp meaning.

Refine impression, realize being, free understanding and experience.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Week 15 4/7/19

Mythology and folklore speak of music as a magical force.

When music is central to tales of the strange and paranormal, attempts to evoke its nature falter. It is invariably described as ethereal, beautiful, mystical... and altogether unlike anything that would fit a modern definition of "music". It defies remembering, and thus cannot be replicated, leaving only a deep, lasting impression of high strangeness.

Recognizing this distinction, Black Mountain School strives to create sonic atmospheres that evoke the uncanny and otherworldly perspectives of art and imagination.

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Week 14 4/7/19

Think beyond beginning and end.

Look past the commonplace narrative and the linear chain of events.  What are signs and signals? What are symbols?

Allow a perspective of experience that is objective as well as personal and subjective.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Week 13 3/31/19

Expanded consciousness and enhanced perception suggest transcendence.

Here envision difficult efforts, labor and risk, to rise above the mundane, the political, the mere material. What is necessary to ascend to understanding?  Where and when do we begin?

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Week 11 3/17/19

Direct energy, frequency and vibration toward balance and movement.

These are sounds not limited by linear temporal perception; the desired outcome is expansion. 

Compare, at this far distance, to expressive possibilities of Zaum and its linguistic metaphysics. It is not difficult to do so, and without graceless pretension it is revealing.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Week 10 3/10/19

Where perspectives are shallow, chaos is apparent.

This is failure to perceive common forces in motion, their origins, and the greater design.  Who would encourage this? Why would this be desirable?

Experiments are successful only insofar as they can be replicated.

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Week 9 3/3/19

What is the way of sound?

Every element of the surroundings resonates with energy, vibration, and frequency.  This is a function of change, expansion, and consciousness.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Week 8 2/24/19

The ear is capable of apprehending and discernment beyond all expectations.

To continuously develop aural perceptivity increases range and scope of auditory knowledge, and provides insight into situations as well as settings.

The more direct the experience of reality, and the more the individual comprehends and becomes engaged with through effort and intent, the more such things as "social constructs" are seen to be transparently spurious and misleading.

Is this a vision of supernormal, or extramundane awareness? Why should this be so?

Historically, these are survival skills.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Week 7 2/17/19

Know, with will to vision.

Much goes unseen.  Far more goes unheard.  This is to say, perceptual awareness is dimmed by a passive focus on perspectives reinforced by conformist attitudes.  To become knowledgeable beyond this mental and emotional bondage demands conscious intent to expand critical thinking.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Week 6 2/10/19

Sound intersects past and future perspectives.

This is energy informing being and perception to experience the moment, and certainly it is a motivation for the composer, whether for music, sound collage, or something else altogether...

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Week 5 2/3/19


The creative arts reflect continuous processes of inspiration and execution. Not all spontaneous impulses are sound, nor can every concept be brought to a satisfactory conclusion. Learning and growth take place, nonetheless, and contribute to desirable outcomes.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Week 4 1/27/19

Consciousness is eternal.

Let those of us, who can and will, create to illuminate this realization, and thus bring about change for the better in the world.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Week 3 1/20/19

A balanced perspective illuminates consciousness.

This is clarity of perception, and understanding of action.