Restless.

Feb. 19th, 2008 06:30 pm
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I am still so restless.  I can't sleep because I feel like I'm crawling out of my skin.  Something needs to happen, soon.  

I am so disillusioned with music.    Some thoughts...

 

As a senior at Princeton, I went to a lecture sponsored by the department of anthropology where a professor from the Universtiy of Cambridge Genetics Knowledge Park posed the question, “At the end of the day, how do we account for the knowledge we have acquired?” I have been considering this as of late for a variety of reasons. As a specialist in contemporary music, I have noticed a trend among modern composers to find inspiration in a variety of academic fields, most notebly physics, mathematics, and politics. At a recent concert I attended at New York's Merkin Hall, two composers spoke about the creation of their music before their world premiers. One composer said he based his composition on Richard Feynman's theories of particle interactions. Another composer said he wrote his music after watching BBC news broadcasts about the assassination of the former Prime Minster of Pakistan. From the perspective of an educated musician, I can say that both pieces were excellent, well-crafted, and accuratly represented the ideas they wished to capture. However, the former work did nothing to enhance modern physics, and the later contributed nothing to resolving conflict in Pakistan. At the end of the day, how do we account for the knowledge we have acquired?

 

At the end of the day, how do I personally account for the knowledge I have acquired?  I don't know, but I need to find a way that does more for the world than just comment on feelings about situations.  I need to change things.  But how?

Russian lessons are still going well.  I seriously learned the equivalent of about half a semester's worth of material in two hours yesterday, so I have a lot of studying to do before my next lesson. 


I got a lot of mail today, including a score of Haydn's Creation (one of the pieces I'm singing in as a soloist this June...in Arkansas), and an application from NYU CGA.  Even though, you know, I already picked up an application when I went to the info session, but, okay cool, now I have two. 

Date: 2008-02-19 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] audesapere.livejournal.com
you should fill out both applications, but on the second one, just write all those application things you've always wanted to say and never did (Like, Name: Seymour Butts).
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Date: 2008-02-20 12:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] audesapere.livejournal.com
i ask myself that every day, but then usually i say something like "BOOBIES!" to myself and think about something else. la la la.

Date: 2008-02-20 12:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unbound-spirit.livejournal.com
HAHA! I graduated Manhattan School of Music prep with a girl named Ophelia Wang. For real.

I've gotten more immature too. I think its that whole thing about how I was never a child when I was a child. Now I just think everything is halarious.

Date: 2008-02-20 12:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unbound-spirit.livejournal.com
Dude! Yes! Totally!!!!! Oh man, I could make it really funny, and include some great jokes about NYU. Fun fun fun!

haha I did tell you I graduated Manhattan School of Music prep with a girl named Ophelia Wang, right?

Date: 2008-02-20 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] audesapere.livejournal.com
no you didn't!!! do you remember schuyler weimerscheimer? he went to 1st-8th grade with me, and maybe hS too...i think he went to MK. my mom was always like, they must not have wanted him, and i remember in 3rd grade i felt really, really bad like i had to tell him my mom was always making fun of his name. "My mom makes fun of your name," i said. "oh," he said. The saddest thing was he reacted like he got that all the time. SO TRAGIC.

Date: 2008-02-20 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unbound-spirit.livejournal.com
wow, thanks for a the link, dude! Looks like an awesome article!

Date: 2008-02-20 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ignis.livejournal.com
I hoped you would like it

Date: 2008-02-20 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mechanyx.livejournal.com
As I've said previously:

computer program
I hate talking about my work
I hate it when composers talk about their works
the world has little to no need for contemporary concert music - i.e. it will go on without it (or in spite of it even)

Date: 2008-02-20 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unbound-spirit.livejournal.com
computer programming would require me to sit in one place for too long. I'm restless. I can't even be in one state or country for that long, let alone a room. But maybe it wouldn't hurt to learn a little of the basics. I should be more tech savvy than I am, anyway. Then maybe I wouldn't have to bother you every time my machines don't work.

Date: 2008-02-20 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mechanyx.livejournal.com
You mean like what every person who has ever had a job has had to do?

Date: 2008-02-20 07:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unbound-spirit.livejournal.com
An office job.

Date: 2008-02-20 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unbound-spirit.livejournal.com
and yes I agree, the world has little to no need for contemporary concert music. And that sucks for me because that's all I really care about anymore. Ugh.
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Date: 2008-02-20 07:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unbound-spirit.livejournal.com
haha, well, as long as its a lecture and not a seminar or precept, I can just find out when the class is and sit in and no one will notice. I did it for classes I wasn't registered for when I was an undergrad.

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