Sunday, May 13, 2007

Dancing About Arhitecture


In the beginning, Man created music.
We don’t know what it sounded like, there were no mp3 files, wavfiles or CD audio.
There weren't even vinyl, cassettes, acetate disks, 8 tracks, or radio.
Our only glimpse of the early music is through random bits of surviving cave art.
Food, sex, musical instruments, and fire appear in ancient cave drawings and petroglyphs around the world.
I suggest that these things were elemental to the lives of these people.
Admiring the work of someone in the distant past,
I can not help but feel that electric tingle of connectivity with the art and the artist
. A bolt of lightning ensues from a dim and distant time.
An epiphany blooms from somewhere deep in the subconscious and blossoms in the consciousness.
Am I so different from this ancient artist?

Music, and perhaps all art for that matter, celebrates both the communal and the individual,
the ebb and flow, yin and yang, night and day. It speaks to us on many different levels simultaneously.
We can intellectualize it, theorize it, categorize it, or just let it wash over us and experience it.
It is both a mathematical language and a conduit for emotion.
The very nature of music is both corporeal and spiritual..
It is an idea, and in a world whose mythology fades in the cold light of day; it is the closest thing we have to magic.
It’s properties are concurrently:
(instruments, listeners and performers retain their physical size and shape.)
(smooth and flowing in quality).
and Gaseous
(without a fixed shape or volume and being able to expand ).

There is nothing else quite like music in the Universe.
Imagine for a moment, if Franz Liszt had been killed in a plane crash at 23 like Buddy Holly was,
how the course of music history would have changed!
(Not to mention Aviation History!)
If you have "Vista" as your Operating system, the sounds in your computer were created by
King Crimson founder and guitarist Robert Fripp.
Here is a relevant quote
from the inimitable inventor of "Frippertronics" that I would like to share with you.
“Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence."

Video of Robert Fripp with analog looping system 1979.

is music.
All matter and energy vibrates at specific frequencies .
Pythagoras, Aristotle, Dante, and Milton all theorized about the harmonic relationships of "the music of the spheres".
Quantum physics is based on frequency or the vibrations inherent in any and all elementary particles.
The basic idea behind string theory is that the constituents of reality are strings
of extremely small size which vibrate at resonant frequencies.
These strings can vibrate in different modes (just like a guitar string can produce different notes).

is everything.
Vibration is the thread from which the fabric of the universe is woven .
On a macroscopic level, stars, solar systems and planets
all are singing their own signature theme songs through their unique vibrations (radio waves).
On a microscopic level, a composer attempts to rearrange the molecules in the air.
My task today is to arrange the words in this article.
Since the universe depends so heavily on music,
I hope it's a good one.

I ponder what the music editor for “ Duly Consider “ should write about
and what the Music Scene section should include.
Like music itself, I have concluded, the subjects to explore have no bounds.
It will be easier to define what Duly Consider’s Music Scene will not be.
It will not be about crass commercialism and it will not be about current mainstream music.
It will be about everything else.
Frank Zappa once said
“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture".
Here I am,
dancing about architecture.

(This is a mirror post to my article at

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