Category: By the bug

''In Western music, melody and harmony are the equivalents of figure and ground. Together, they constitute a kind of musical perspective, which evolved parallel to that of Renaissance painting. In the musical textures of Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing, I have purposely tried to lose perspective. Working with elementally simple materials and gestures, purposely stripped of expressive rhetoric, I have tried to blend line and chord into an enveloping sphere of musical space. Clouds of short melodic cells are superimposed on expansive harmonic clouds of the same tones. Figure becomes ground in dense clouds of expanding, rising lines. Ground becomes figure in the glacial movement of large harmonic clouds, which, as the listener enters the suspended time frame of the music, come to sound melodic -- like exaggeratedly slow chorales.''

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