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RE: music

In the visual arts its pretty normal to not make up your mind about a
piece until you've lived with it a few weeks (or months or years). This
runs totally counter to the Buddhist approach of creating the work and
then completely letting go of it (which they accomplish by destroying
the piece).

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Pete Koniuto [SMTP:pkoniuto@bu.edu]
> Sent: Thursday, September 18, 1997 12:27 PM
> To:   Tom Attix
> Subject:      Re: music
> On Thu, 18 Sep 1997, Matt McCabe wrote:
> > Why loop?
> > 
> > Because there's always the potential of creating something beautiful
> and
> > magic.....and then you turn your gear off and it's gone...but you
> really
> > don't mourn it's loss (the loop) because you know the potential to
> do it
> > again is still there...only in a different form.
> > 
> > Matt
> Interesting.  I've read similar comments on this list
> in the past.  But for me it's a little different.  Very
> often i'll create a loop, sit back and listen to it,
> and end up quite displeased with the results of what
> felt like a very cathartic creative experience.  The
> process was the experience of the evening and not what
> was produced.
> But usually, being an archivist at heart, i'll throw
> the loop down to DAT anyway once i'm finished (that is,
> if i was too entranced at that delicious moment just
> before the loop's "genesis" to remember to hit record
> before i began).
> Then, say two days later, i'll listen back to what
> was created and think not so badly of it and find
> a few good things there that i may try to incorporate
> into a future attempt.  Then a week later i'll find
> myself hearing things i hadn't heard before, 
> relationships, textural movement, distant subtleties,
> and i'll think, "Schitt, that ain't bad!  Maybe i'll
> run it by a second and third pair of ears."  And they
> often blow people away, these little creations that
> kind of annoyed me the night they were born.  And 
> sometimes, after several weeks, i'll want to listen
> to it over and over--i end up really loving it.
> The corollary of this, of course, is that often when
> i immediately think on first listen that i've created
> something quite magical, two weeks later i don't really
> care for it.  Even then, i'll ask for other opinions,
> and they are often in agreement with my own.  "Oh...
> ummm....that's...well....yeah....ummm, not some of your
> better stuff, man."
> Anybody else experience this?  This certainly isn't
> the rule.  I mean, on creating a loop i really like
> i don't immediately think, "Ah schitt, this sounds
> amazing to me--it must suck."  But the scenario above
> happens to me quite often.  I haven't really meditated
> enough on this to figure out why.
> Any thoughts?
> Pete Koniuto
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