Randy Nordschow wrote the following at NMBx in late June :

“The work I’ve created up to this point spurs from a rather skeptical aesthetic standpoint, fostered by a barrage of things I just don’t buy into, such as: Music has the ability to communicate something “meant” by its creator; music is inherently emotional; yada, yada, yada—you know, stuff like that.

For me, music is a byproduct of artistic ideas haphazardly materialized in the form of vibrating air. It’s the artistic impetus behind the will to set those vibrations into motion, and not necessarily the sonic results of whatever is written on the page (or not), that matters more to me. There’s a certain amount of artistic cynicism that I harbor in order to tap into the concepts and materials that I use and the ways in which I use them when throwing together a new composition. Yes, it’s all so self-aware and postmodern, which I actually enjoy.

[Recently, though,] I was half-swayed to drop my attitude, so to speak, when it comes to my approach to composition. Where to go from here? Well, I was thinking of trying to write a piece without an ounce of irony. This, I’m sure, will be easier typed than done.”

Amen to his last sentence – it’s damn hard to make each note count.

2 Responses to “Connecting Us Up #2 : What’s in your (artistic) wallet?”
  1. Bill says:

    I don’t know, the whole postmodern thing seems way past played out, and it seems sad he’s saying never written a totally sincere piece. My favorite memories of music are always of large groups of people experiencing something similiar at the same point in the music, and it all being 100% sincere.

  2. Yes.

    I’ve always cared deeply about each and every sound that makes it onto the finished pages of a piece.

    The *remove* so prominent in a post-modern artistic stance — coolness to the expressive freight of certain sounds — remains puzzling to me.

    And worrisome.

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