Re: Solo ea

Subject: Re: Solo ea
From: miriam clinton (iriXx) (
Date: Sun Feb 13 2005 - 06:54:24 EST

Richard Wentk wrote:

> What would music be like if you could experience all the commonalities
> and differences between every piece of music ever recorded or written
> in a single perceptual process?
> That's the kind of thing that's looking more and more likely in the
> medium to long term.

i believe this is what is already happening at least in my own music.
via the internet i have an infinite library to choose from - and out of
doors, i have an infinite world to choose from. i think my head would
explode if i tried to do what you suggest above ;) - but my music has
always been based on it - as a young-ish composer, i've grown up with
the world of the internet and access all areas - the music of the future
is both confused, and exciting. i believe that what we are going to need
in the future is the ability to focus, when all this information is
being bombarded at us.

>> this is increasingly what i see happening today - that people are
>> trying to tie down what music is.
> But only in an academic intellectual sense. Which is - perhaps -
> doomed to failure, because only academic intellectual art is academic
> and intellectual. All the other kinds of art are anything but.
> I think the majority of musicians don't think seriously about these
> things. They just get on with it.

or have to learn to. some can never manage it.

when coming out of academia, many students have to suddenly learn to
think outside the box. some never learn to do it. i'd cite a few names -
particularly in the instrumental world - if you like... people who have
never learnt to stop proving themselves academically, and have remained
in the box.

its about learning to think for yourself.

i rebelled - in the middle of studies. i wrote a piece called 'is' -
which is anti-academic, it was purely about being myself. it's called
'is' because 'it just is' - no need to justify anything i was doing. in
doing so, i had to battle every bit of academia that i ever experienced.
it was a rough ride.

years later, i feel free. i make whatever i want - academic stuff is out
the window, analysis is out the window - the learning is somwhere
retained, the discipline - but not the rigidity. rigidity is dangerous,
and i never taught my students to be so. i taught them to explore, to
have /fun/ - where is the fun in academic composition? i played my
students anything from Georgian folk music to Orbital. just to provoke
them into thinking for themselves - first year students, fresh out of
high school where rules are the norm. there /are/ no rules in music,
simply context, and questions of 'is this really what i want in this
context?'. questions only the composer can answer, and that there are
many answers to. it makes for one multidimensional jigsaw puzzle, but it
makes for enjoyable, freeing composition.


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