Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Zen-doodle all the day long
It is really difficult being a 'composer' with snippets of things you know are good enough to keep, but just not 'enough' on their own. And the line between the two parameters is not clearly demarkated. It's not like there's a double yellow solid down the middle of your work saying Do Not Cross but an arbitrary thing that you just have to hope is in synch with the work(s), the media and all that goes into a composition.
Speaking about compositions, last weekend my friend and I went to the symphony and one of the main works was the familiar Beethoven V. As we were getting our coats on, I overheard a fellow a few rows back who berated the conductor for leading the orchestra to play it altogether too fast for his liking. I didn't say anything but did have an opinion. When Ludvig composed the piece, he had in mind a certain pace at which he felt the piece ought to be played at, and so noted that in the time signature. Everyone's interpretation has to vary slightly, I feel. We do not all walk around with metronomes in our purses or back pockets, and even if we did, there would still be room for personal interpretation.
So is the way people interpret art and in this case, my zen doodles. Some of you may get nothing out of them. So be it. Others may feel there is a picture there, and may even imagine a creature from the deep lurking in the compositions. Again, others may feel it is just a series of dots connected by a five year old. To me it is an expression...perhaps a little intuitive, but that is what appealed to me at the time I made the particular piece.