11.26.2005

My Brain Pattern

Your Brain's Pattern

You're a simple thinker, and this is actually a very good thing.

You don't complicate matters when you don't have to.

You look for the simplest explanation or solution, and you go with that.

As a result, your mind is uncluttered and free of stress.
Your Irish Name Is...

Zaira Dunne

Quotes on Art

I really enjoy what artists have to say about their art, or just what they have to say in general. Here are some interesting insights. (I always meant to post this, but I think i forgot about it... if I have posted it before, sorry).

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Why should I try to imitate nature? I might just as well try to trace the perfect circle.

Besides if you're trying to find something, it means you haven't got it. And if you find it simply by looking for it, that means it's false.

~Pablo Picasso~

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If objective vision were possible, it would give us a true image of reality.
~Piet Mondrian~


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The feat of superbly imitating a muscle, as Michelangelo did, or a face, as Raphael did, created neither progress nor heirarchy in art. Because these artists of the 16th century imitated human forms, they were not superior to the artists of the high periods of Egyptian, Chaldean, Indochinese, Roman, and Gothic art who interpreted and stylized form but did not imitate it.

On the contrary, art consists of inventing and not copying.

Art must be free in its inventiveness, it must raise us above too much reality.

~Fernand Leger~

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I was aware at that time that, for the spectator more than for the artist, art is a habit forming drug
~Marcel Duchamp~


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Very blue this afternoon. I suppose it comes from abstaining from the customary afternoon cup of coffee. You must make yourself a strong man. You are on the threshold as an artist. Be firm and determined.
Accustom yourself to master things which you seem to despair of.
The love you liberate in your work is the only love you keep.
~Maurice Brazil Prendergast~


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Any work that I like does the same to me-- it makes me see other things. It makes me aware of reality, although it may not be very realistic in itself. I can only put it that way-- that it unlocks the valves of sensation.
~Francis Bacon~

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The scholar specialized in any field will find that the more he knows, the more he will have to learn, and never should he hope to reach full knowledge. Besides, full knowledge would be death itself. Art and science mean trying to understand. Failure or success plays a secondary role.

Words pervert thoughts, writing distorts words
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~Alberto Giacometti~

11.22.2005

Overtones

So in music, there are these things called "overtones." I learned a lot about them in my undergrad years... how they helped shape and develop music because of the consonances and dissonances they create, how certain instruments (brass for example), use the overtone series to create their pitches, and how subtle they are. Many, many, many times a teacher would play a low C on the piano to demonstrate the overtones. "Can't you hear them?" they would say. And some of the class would strain their ears and reluctantly answer "oh yeah" and then the teacher would say something like "no you cant, you have no idea what I'm talking about." A few times I was one of those straining students, most of the rest of the time I would zone out. Towards the end of college I actually thought I finally could hear the overtones, but really I think my mind was making them up just so i wouldnt feel so inadequate. I mean, I know a lot about overtones, the fundamental note and the partials, and I know the progression of intervals between partials, etc etc etc... but I could never actually hear overtones... until recently.

I dont know whats caused it. Perhaps it's due to sitting at the high end of the piano for over a year listening to kids bang out simple melodies for several hours a day, or perhaps it's due to my sound duties at church which require me to listen more carefully to music; but whatever it is, I have learned to hear the overtones, and quite honestly, I dont know how I could have missed them before. Unfortunately, I havent been able to turn it off. So now while I'm teaching, all I hear are these high pitched overtones with every stroke of the key, and after a while, it gives me a headache. I mean, I'm excited to finallly understand what everyone was talking about but how do I make them go away? I better figure something out, because by the end of the day, my ears, and my mind, cant take anymore.

On another note... I'm very excited about the upcoming Christmas season!

11.02.2005

I love vocab

Damn the GREs and their big fancy words.


Grrr




I was going to write more, but I think that says it all.

Watch This

This is awesome (better still if you see the movie).

So long and thanks for all the fish!