Thoughts on Music and Composing Practices

Posted: February 22, 2014 in Composing Insights

1)      Why should you care if I choose not to develop a musical idea? If you have no expectations prior to listening and/or analyzing music, you would merely enjoy the moment.

2)      Why should you care if your own ignorance forces you to question what key the music is in? Perhaps you are limited by your intelligence. When engaged in a conversation, do you ask the same question? Is not a conversation also a dialogue of sound?

3)      Whether I choose to write tonal music or not is my choice. Each new work of music has its own aesthetic; its unique character. Whether I choose a Karnatak mode, a mode of limited transposition, a mode of Kasuf, a set; or whatever device to construct my music, it is totally my decision. Creativity has no regard for academia.

4)      Various components in academia stifle the growth of original ideas, suffocating the potential for true innovation.

5)      The ability to explain ones course of action, throughout a process of happenings; that is truth. Thus, the process and capability of explaining one’s music; the why’s and how’s of one’s choosing…that is scholarship; that is truth. Why must anyone follow someone else’s truth, when you’ve got your own?

6)      Whether or not my music speaks to you; or yours to me…whether or not you like my work should not be judged according to your education/indoctrination. This new/strange experience for you is yet another opportunity to expand your intelligence. Why avoid it?

Do you not also expect people to listen to what you’ve got to say?

7)      Whether recognized as a composer or not; whether my works are ever programmed or not, I will continue to write. For by such endeavors arises the master craftsman. The stress and inhibitions encountered by most composers are imposed by the ignorance and expectations of others.

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