Some Varèsean Themes

A bit more than a month ago, under the aegis of the Holland Festival, a tribute was paid to Pierre Boulez

Saelors: Alexandra Duvekot and Thijs Havens

Saelors

July 31, 2012

Jornt Karel

Jornt Karel

June 27, 2012

Stephen Carmichael

Stephen Carmichael

June 20, 2012

Nico

Nico

June 22, 2012

Early Bird, “Dictators”

Early Bird

March 27, 2013

Prabhu Edouard

Prabhu Edouard

June 22, 2012

Maxwell Demon

Maxwell Demon

November 1, 2012

“Stay” x3

July 1, 2013

Jennifer Left

Jennifer Left

January 22, 2013

Spring Is Here, Today

March 20, 2013

The 14th Street station in New York

Downtown
New York

June 22, 2012

Daphne Guinness

Daphne Guinness

August 3, 2012

Forestears

Forestears: A New Upload

November 6, 2012

Grégory Marteau

June 28, 2012

C. J. Darnieder

C. J. Darnieder

August 29, 2014

Daisuke Tanabe

Daisuke Tanabe

August 1, 2012

Industrial Wave Studio

February 16, 2013

Jack Stanton

Jack Stanton

September 25, 2012

Sweet Random

Sweet Random

February 14, 2013

College: David Grellier

College

August 8, 2012

Buke and Gase: Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez

Buke and Gase

January 2, 2013

Franck Christoph Yeznikian

Franck Christoph Yeznikian

August 20, 2012

Gregory Douglass

Gregory Douglass

June 22, 2012

Landon Gadoci

Landon Gadoci

June 17, 2012

Pursuit Grooves (Vanese Smith)

Pursuit Grooves

July 30, 2012

Alloapm

December 15, 2012

Bill Ryan

Bill Ryan

February 20, 2013

Lady Gaga performing “Dope”

Something in Advance of ARTPOP

November 10, 2013

Telefon Tel Aviv: Charles Cooper and Joshua Eustis

Telefon Tel Aviv (Part I)

September 3, 2012

A Youtube Miscellany

March 18, 2014

Jonnie Allen

Jonnie Allen

December 27, 2012

Onra (Arnaud Bernard)

Onra

June 22, 2012

Von Rosenthal de la Vegaz: Peter Rosendaal

Von Rosenthal de la Vegaz

August 6, 2012

Klaus Nomi (Klaus Sperber)

Klaus Nomi

August 3, 2012

Son Lux: Ryan Lott

Son Lux

August 13, 2012

Light Light: Alexandra Duvekot, Thijs Havens, Björn Ottenheim, and Daan Schinkel

Light Light

October 28, 2012

Daft Beatles

Daft Beatles

February 16, 2013

Detroit Swindle

Detroit Swindle

July 10, 2012

Tripes

January 27, 2013

Mobidextrous

Mobidextrous

May 20, 2013

Yves Klein, “L’accord bleu” (1960)

The Stedelijk Is “Open”

September 23, 2012

Michael Bonaventure

Michael Bonaventure

August 8, 2013

Telefon Tel Aviv: Joshua Eustis

Telefon Tel Aviv (Part III)

September 16, 2012

Hess Is More

Hess Is More

June 12, 2013

Tona Scherchen and Cathy Berberian at the premiere of “Wai”

Ein Vortrag zu Tona Scherchen

February 22, 2014

Neil Jansen

Neil Jansen

June 27, 2012

Nguyên Lê

Nguyên Lê

July 19, 2012

Milosh (Michael Milosh)

Milosh

June 23, 2012

17 Hippies

17 Hippies

July 10, 2012

Melohouse

July 19, 2012

The Shures

The Shures

June 17, 2012

Vassily Kandinsky at work

An Exhibition in New York

November 3, 2013

René Baptist Huysmans

June 28, 2012

The Vagary

The Vagary

August 2, 2012

James Joyce, 1904

Stephen Dedalus

July 9, 2012

Benin City

Benin City

July 12, 2013

New Order, mid-1980s

A September Miscellany

September 16, 2014

Givan Lötz

Givan Lötz

June 26, 2013

Christophe Ruetsch

Christophe Ruetsch

June 24, 2012

Ben Carey

Ben Carey

July 10, 2012

Ali Brustofski

Ali Brustofski

June 20, 2012

A map of Berlin

Eines Nachts in Berlin

March 17, 2013

Lady Gaga loves you.

Lady Gaga in Amsterdam

September 17, 2012

Some Remarkable Releases

July 14, 2014

Portico Quartet: Keir Vine, Milo Fitzpatrick, Duncan Bellamy, and Jack Wyllie

Portico Quartet

July 29, 2012

Dan Tramte

Dan Tramte

August 30, 2012

Cornelia

Cornelia

June 22, 2012

French Cassettes: Ben, Scott, Thomas, and Mackenzie

French Cassettes

June 27, 2012

A photograph by Maxwell Demon

Maxwell Demon’s “Tears”

February 14, 2013

Knalpot: Raphael Vanoli and Gerri Jäger

Knalpot

January 5, 2013

Nick Pitera

Nick Pitera

July 20, 2012

Boogie Belgique (Oswald Cromheecke)

Boogie Belgique

June 20, 2012

Luiz Henrique Yudo

June 23, 2012

James Overton

James Overton

July 26, 2013

Yes the Raven: Alyn Mearns

Yes the Raven

August 24, 2012

Stephen Edwards

Stephen Edwards

June 22, 2012

Patrick Thomas

Patrick Thomas

August 1, 2012

John Quidor, “The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane”

On Halloween

October 31, 2013

The Give ’em Hell Boys: Bootsy Cline, Barn Jovi, Doctor Proctor, San Quentin, and Charlie Scream

The Give ’em Hell Boys

December 28, 2012

Jan Kerckhofs

Jan Kerckhofs

June 17, 2012

Andi Kristins

Andi Kristins

July 12, 2012

Edgard Varèse

Some Varèsean Themes

August 1, 2015

Eli Lieb

Eli Lieb

July 19, 2012

Gossip: Hannah Blilie, Beth Ditto, and Nathan Howdeshell

Gossip

June 30, 2012

Le Chat
de Tom

November 5, 2012

Hayato Takeuchi

December 4, 2012

Caleb

Caleb

June 20, 2012

Garçon Garçon: Nathan Mahon and Nick Tsirimokos

Garçon Garçon

August 30, 2012

T-Michael

T-Michael

January 14, 2013

Sodium Bride

January 25, 2013

Matthias Rascher

July 30, 2012

People Get Ready

People Get Ready

May 18, 2013

A film-still from Kenneth Anger’s “Fireworks” (1947)

On the Occasion . . .

August 1, 2012

KuuMA (空マ)

January 23, 2013

Ørjan Matre

Ørjan Matre

June 23, 2012

Jasmine Thompson

Jasmine Thompson

August 1, 2012

Jakub Rizman

Jakub Rizman

June 17, 2012

Landon Gadoci

Landon Gadoci: “Tie Me Up”

February 27, 2013

Chen Zhangyi

Chen Zhangyi

August 3, 2012

Daniel Rhode

Daniel Rhode

December 23, 2012

Brian Petuch

December 25, 2012

Shan Malaika

Shan Malaika

June 17, 2012

Tiago Braga

Tiago Braga

June 17, 2012

Adam Cuthbért

Adam Cuthbért

December 14, 2012

Balún

Balún

January 2, 2013

The Musgraves: Matthew, Matt, Tom, and Lesley-Marie

The Musgraves

July 19, 2012

Dirtmusic: Chris Brokaw, Chris Eckman, and Hugo Race

Dirtmusic

August 8, 2012

Angélica Negrón

Angélica Negrón

July 19, 2012

Fynn Farrell

Fynn Farrell

August 27, 2013

Xavier Baert

Xavier Baert

June 24, 2012

Samm Bennett with a mouth-bow

Samm Bennett et al.

June 20, 2012

Avant la Lettre

Avant la Lettre

June 20, 2012

Headaches (a.k.a. Landon Speers)

Headaches

June 16, 2013

An LA quartet: Andy Lange, Andrew Garcia, Josh Golden, and Chester See

An LA Quartet

October 13, 2013

Ferenc Fehér

Ferenc Fehér

February 17, 2013

Valentin Stip

Valentin Stip

June 29, 2012

Peter Hollens

Peter Hollens

June 30, 2012

Cem Özçelik

June 24, 2012

Tona Scherchen: Album Notes

Tona Scherchen

December 14, 2012

Matthew Shlomowitz

September 20, 2012

The Soft Moon

The Soft Moon

July 31, 2012

Rory Smith

Rory Smith

August 10, 2012

Forestears

Forestears

July 12, 2012

Jamie N. Commons

Jamie N. Commons

June 22, 2012

Beaucrat

June 30, 2013

Pak0

Pak0

March 19, 2013

Wyly (Ben Sevier)

Wyly: “Storytelling”

August 9, 2013

Ilpo Jauhiainen

June 18, 2013

Michael Kiwanuka

Michael Kiwanuka

June 30, 2012

Giovanni Dettori

Giovanni Dettori

June 22, 2012

Wise Blood

August 2, 2012

Pop Noir: Joe and Luke McGarry

Pop Noir

March 18, 2013

Yogev Freilichman

August 11, 2012

Nostromo 7

Nostromo 7

January 26, 2013

Telefon Tel Aviv: Joshua Eustis, 2009

Telefon Tel Aviv (Part II)

September 6, 2012

Craig Yopp

Craig Yopp

August 27, 2013

Les mots, les images ne s’offrent que comme tremplins à l’esprit de celui qui écoute.

– André Breton,

Manifeste

du surréalisme

Il y a des gens qui n’auroient jamais esté amoureux, s’ils n’avoient jamais entendu parler
de l’amour.

– La Rochefoucauld, Réflexions
ou Sentences et maximes morales

Hörend die Reden, die aus deinem Hause dringen, lacht man. / Aber wer dich sieht, der greift
nach dem Messer.

– Bertolt Brecht, “Deutschland”

rêver = créer

velle videmur Chaque époque rêve
la suivante,
la crée en rêvant

avenir! avenir!

– Jules Michelet, “Avenir! Avenir!”

La vérité est que mon système nerveux, interposé entre les
objets qui ébranlent mon corps et ceux que je pourrais influencer, joue le rôle d’un simple conducteur, qui transmet, répartit ou inhibe du mouvement. [...] Autant il y a de fils allant de la périphérie vers le centre, autant il y a de points de l’espace capables de solliciter ma volonté et de poser, pour ainsi dire, une question élémentaire à mon activité motrice : chaque question posée est justement ce qu’on appelle une perception.

– Henri Bergson,
Matière et mémoire

I don’t care about reaching the public as much as I care about reaching certain musical-acoustical phenomena, in other words, to disturb the atmosphere – because, after all, sound is only an atmospheric disturbance!

– Edgard Varèse,
in conversation with
Gunther Schuller

Un peu d’étude de l’homme moral apprend la rareté de cet état délicieux ; un peu d’étude de l’homme physique montre combien il est rare. Pour le produire, il faut un éréthisme (une chanterelle de violon lâche donne le , on la tend à son ton naturel, elle donne le mi, on la tend encore, elle donne le fa, mais bientôt elle se casse, elle est en éréthisme) ; voilà
nos nerfs.

– Stendhal,
in a letter to his sister, 1805

Look here. Being intelligible is not what it seems. [...] I mean by understanding, enjoyment. If you enjoy it, you understand it. [...] If you did not enjoy it, why do you make a fuss about it?

– Gertrude Stein,
in an interview with
William Lundell, 1934

Grande tra gli uomini e di gran terrore è la potenza del riso: contro il quale nessuno nella sua coscienza trova se munito da ogni parte. Chi ha coraggio di ridere, è padrone del mondo, poco altrimenti di chi è preparato a morire.

– Giacomo Leopardi, Pensieri

We time and we space in the world, but as a nuisance, as a task – but through art this is turned into a joy, into play: we enjoy it. Our ability to space and to time are actively turned into something transcendent and we are made masters of time and space – masters of space in painting and masters of time in music – and of tine and space that becomes meaningful.

– Heinrich Blücher,
“Fundamentals of a Philosophy
of Art –
On the Understanding of Artistic Experience”

To me, the explanation of life seems to be its melody, its pattern.

– Isak Dinesen, in an interview
with Bent Mohn, November 1957

Gerade die Vielheit dessen, was

das Gesicht offenbaren kann, macht es oft rätselhaft; im allgemeinen wird das, was wir von einem Menschen sehen, durch das interpretiert, was wir von ihm hören, während das Umgekehrte viel seltener ist. Deshalb ist der, der sieht, ohne
zu hören, sehr viel verworrener, ratloser, beunruhigter als der,
der hört, ohne
zu sehen.

– Georg Simmel, Soziologie

Denn »Mißverständnis« heißt die Rhythmik, mit welcher die allein wahre Wirklichkeit sich ins Gespräch drängt.

– Walter Benjamin, “Traumkitsch”

Was das Herz hervorbringt, sind Kräfte, aber keine Gestalten, und diese Kräfte haben die Neigung, miteinander in Streit zu geraten. Durch dieses streitende Spiel seiner Kräfte erhält das Herz sich lebendig, und eindeutig wird es erst, wenn seine Kraftquellen versiegt sind.

– Hannah Arendt,
Über die Revolution

Tous les grands inventeurs d’idées ou de formes me semblent s’être servis de méthodes particulières. Je veux dire que leur force même et leur maitrise est fondée sur l’usage de certaines habitudes, et de certaines conceptions qui disciplinent toutes leurs pensées. Chose étrange, c’est justement l’apparence de cette méthode interne que nous appelons leur personnalité ! Il importe peu, du reste, que cette méthode soit ou
ne soit pas consciente.

– Paul Valéry,
“La Conquête allemande”

There is not a more mean, stupid, dastardly, pitiful, selfish, spiteful, envious, ungrateful animal than the Public. […] The idea of what the public will think prevents the public from ever thinking at all, and acts as a spell on the exercise of private judgment, so that in short the public ear is at the mercy of the first impudent pretender who chooses to fill it with noisy assertions, or false surmises, or secret whispers.

– William Hazlitt,
“On Living to one’s-self”

Willkommen dann,
o Stille der Schattenwelt! / Zufrieden bin ich, wenn auch mein Saitenspiel / Mich nicht hinab geleitet; Einmal / Lebt ich, wie Götter, und mehr bedarfs nicht.

– Friedrich Hölderlin,
“An die Parzen”

La sensation est contemplation pure, car c’est par contemplation qu’on contracte, se contemplant soi-même à mesure qu’on contemple les éléments dont on procède. Contempler, c’est créer, mystère de la création passive, sensation. La sensation remplit le plan de composition, 
et se remplit de soi-même en se remplissant de ce qu’elle contemple : elle 
est « enjoyment », et
« self-enjoyment ».

– Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari,
Qu’est-ce que la philosophie ?

Cela, dire cela, sans savoir quoi.

– Samuel Beckett, L’Innommable

So foul a sky clears not without
a storm.

– Shakespeare, King John

C’est ce silence si merveilleux qui donne la « chance » et qui donne même parfois la possibilité d’être vraiment heureux, ne serait-ce qu’un seul instant, pendant un instant incommensurable en durée.

– Yves Klein,
“Le Vrai devient réalité”