Re:ality Check

Subject: Re:ality Check
From: Kevin Austin (
Date: Thu Sep 15 2005 - 10:21:40 EDT

At 23:42 +1000 2005/09/15, miriam clinton (iriXx) wrote:
>whoops. it seems kevin has set us a far more interesting exercise.
>(ps. are two tickets to china included?)

Not at all an exercise in the 'traditional' sense, rather a question
of placing boundaries. There were advocates for new, progressive,
unusual, challenging ... sounds and pieces. My proposal was one of
grounding the discussion.

It is one thing to speak in abstract terms about aesthetic values, it
is another to apply them.

A composer who insists on being experimental and always exploring the
further limits of sound(s), form, structures etc, is invited to be
heard by an audience of 1500, but with some conditions.

It is easy to make the situation more difficult for anyone who is
reluctant by adding a commissioning fee of $10,000, or in the case of
an academic, "the" line on the cv that will assure tenure!



and from the humor / wisdom of Winston Churchill

Winston: "Madam, Would you sleep with me for 1m Pounds?"
Unknown woman: "Yes sir, I think i would"
Winston: "Well, how about 1 Pound?"
Unknown woman: "Winston! What sort of woman do you think i am?"
Winston: "Madam, that matter has already been solved. Now we're
just bartering over your price."

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