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2007mar28

Stephen,

I think your interpretation is spot on. I know the work and that is exactly what happens.

I have always admired people who endure the gruelling task of hand drawn animation. This short animation does a good job of depicting the frustrating and repetitive task of practicing a difficult passage, but brings the purpose of it into focus through the transition into its place in the full orchestral context, the full complexity and beauty of which is almost impossible to convey outside of a purely aesthetic abstract form. A slap of humour with the regurgitation and then back to the task at hand.

I think this is why so much music visualisation is abstract in form. Apart from the difficulty involved in having to understand acoustics and music on a deeper academic level, the one pervasive factor that everybody is actually relating to, is music's "aesthetic". I remember reading a book (can't remember the title) about the psychedelic LSD exploration from the 40s through to the 60s. It was explored by novelists, academics, artists, etc. One thing that I remember clearly was the lsd trip description by, I think Aldous Huxley, where he became profoundly fascinated by the gathered curve and flow you find in draped fabric. It had a cosmic significance. Apparently this is not an unusual occurrence. It strikes me that these types of insights represent a fundamental set of visual forms which I think permeate the aesthetic choices made when creating abstract art. Its a shame that the LSD experience has been demonised by the authorities, now it has been diluted with speed and other concoctions as a party drug. It is not surprising though that drug policies both in america and here, and generally, have gone the way they have. They constitute a risk to power of the elite, not necessarily through the supposed break down in society by their use, but I think more through the fear of how their own drug experience (if it became socially acceptable) may compromise their perception of self. There was an interesting documentary series by the philosopher Alain de Botton called status anxiety. He argues that the reason that drives people to accumulate money, power and material goods, is status anxiety. Common knowledge perhaps, but it reinforces this idea that those who have much power, and therefore the most likely personality type desiring control, would be the most reluctant to condone an activity which threatens that very notion of self control. Exposure to oneself can be terrifying if most of your life has been lived in some form of denial.

Nevertheless, must go and practice again.

Cheers

Alex

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