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i am an eXperiment. a Syncopated word & image coLLage imported from Our minD sEnse-thoUght collective stream. a trial 2 eXpress the aRhythmia & the off beat that lies in-betwEEn the bond made of: imAge narrative & senSation. an aEsthetic act and aim of WondeR in the search for a CRaCK. as for if anything eXists at all it exisTs i n - b e T w e e n.
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    The Purpose of Art

    The justification of art - is -
    the internal combustion it ignites in the hearts of men
    and not its shallow, externalized, public manifestations.

    The purpose of art - is -
    not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline
    but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.

    quote : Glenn Gould
    image : Marc Rothko blue green and brown
    video : Glenn Gould playing Bach, Goldberg Variation 32, the final aria.

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    cmloegcmluin     Sun, Jul 25, 2010  Permanent link
    have you seen 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould?

    for me, the most fascinating segment was Gould vs. Gould, wherein Gould expounds his belief that true art can only exist in absence of (or at least obliviousness to) an audience.

    it's been a really influential idea on me.
    syncopath     Sun, Jul 25, 2010  Permanent link
    thanks for your remark shmlegshmlin. do you know where could i see the 32 short films?

    Gould is known as a unique interpreter that often did the opposite of what the composer have asked for. No doubt his style is a rigorous plunge into the music he had entangled himself with, a place where there is no audience no composer and hopefully no-one ... -)
    Gould did it his way .. and the magic i believe lies in the rare combination of daring to find your unique self expression together with keeping your mind open flexible and critically attentive to the Universe.

    Here you may have a rare humouristic glance at Gould introducing music to children. enjoy.
    Nicodemus Demetrius     Mon, Aug 2, 2010  Permanent link
    Great links everyone!

    I am a fan of Glenn Gould's interpretations, however I think it should be mentioned that the "modern classical" deduction that Gould contradicts the composers' intentions is itself a huge contradiction of those composer's interpretive intentions.

    Anecdotes abound in which classical performers and composers explicitly say that music should be performed in a unique, free, and improvisatory manner. Even Mozart says that his own solo parts should contain more notes than are written, dictated by the taste and genius of the performers. This would be anaethema by today's "classical" standards. Mozart prescribed that his music should be played that way, yet anyone playing extra notes in Mozart (beyond a mistaken slip) in Carnegie Hall would be scoffed to shame by critics, and would certainly struggle in making a career. I read once also that someone played Beethoven's "Appasionata" sonata for the composer, and he remarked, "Not how I would play it, but excellent."

    Musical style at that time was also very much colored by regional and national differences much more significantly than at present.

    Orchestral music has suffered much as well, especially in regards to vibrato.

    How I would love to hear Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis" without string and especially vocal vibrato, yet my imagination will likely be the only stage performing that one... It is made to be played that way, it is implicitly obvious from the music, and moreover, I am pretty certain that at the time, vibrato was strictly forbidden in non-secular music.

    Gould was too extravagant for my taste at times, though. But sometimes simplicity and soul incarnate...