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Posts tagged "context"

May 13, 2013
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Be contemporary. Have impact. Strive for it. Be of the world. Move it. Be bold, don’t hold back. Then the moment you think you’ve been bold, be bolder. We are all alive today, ever so briefly here now, not then, not ago, not in some dreamworld of a hypothetical future. Whatever you do, you must make it contemporary. Make it matter now. You must give us a new path to tread, even if it carries the footfalls of old soles. You must not be immune to the weird urgency of today.

Mar 13, 2013
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Jan 04, 2013
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Dec 04, 2010
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Poetry is the control of context.

Jun 11, 2010
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Feb 25, 2010
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David Byrne’s TED Talk: Creation In ReverseByrne suggests that “context largely determines what kind of music is written”:That doesn’t sound like such a big insight, but it’s actually backwards from what I perceive to be conventional wisdom — which is that creation emerges out of some interior emotion or from an upwelling of passion that inevitably and must find an outlet. This is the romantic notion of how creative work comes to be.He goes on to examine several musical spaces, and the music that was made to fill them. Here’s what he says about CBGBs:Here is the room where some of the music I wrote as a young man was first heard….The sound in there was remarkably good — the amount of crap everywhere, the furniture, the bar, the uneven walls and ceiling made for a great sound absorption. The sound system was decent as well — better than in many other clubs, which was great, for this music anyway. Because of the lack of reverberation one could be fairly certain that details of one’s music would be heard. The lyrics would probably be understood and the rhythms and bass would be punchy and clear. Given the size of the place, intimate gestures and expression would be appreciated as well, at least from the waist up — whatever went on below the waist was generally invisible, obscured by the audience.I’m a big fan of this idea. If the internet didn’t exist, I’m not sure I’d be making the visual work I do…
David Byrne’s TED Talk: Creation In Reverse

Byrne suggests that “context largely determines what kind of music is written”:

That doesn’t sound like such a big insight, but it’s actually backwards from what I perceive to be conventional wisdom — which is that creation emerges out of some interior emotion or from an upwelling of passion that inevitably and must find an outlet. This is the romantic notion of how creative work comes to be.

He goes on to examine several musical spaces, and the music that was made to fill them. Here’s what he says about CBGBs:

Here is the room where some of the music I wrote as a young man was first heard….The sound in there was remarkably good — the amount of crap everywhere, the furniture, the bar, the uneven walls and ceiling made for a great sound absorption. The sound system was decent as well — better than in many other clubs, which was great, for this music anyway. Because of the lack of reverberation one could be fairly certain that details of one’s music would be heard. The lyrics would probably be understood and the rhythms and bass would be punchy and clear. Given the size of the place, intimate gestures and expression would be appreciated as well, at least from the waist up — whatever went on below the waist was generally invisible, obscured by the audience.

I’m a big fan of this idea. If the internet didn’t exist, I’m not sure I’d be making the visual work I do…

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