September 30, 2009

Inside-Out

Making musical recordings is like turning oneself inside out, in this sense: I find an amorphous conglomerate ‘inner’ state in myself, draw it out and make it sensible to the outside world as a song and lyric (something sort of “alive”)… then I record it, freezing its life in a fixed moment to make an enveloping, structured thing–a sound recording– within which other people can dwell. It begins somewhere within, and it becomes something that holds others within it.

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At the moment this is the best explanation of the process I can think of.

Not to imply at all that the whole process is mine — in my case, many other creative collaborators help move the living song to the recorded artifact, which is in the end a group product.

But today this seems like the most interesting point of view on the process.

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The Sanguine Enthusiast

September 30, 2009 at 7:43 pm

No no no no no no no no no no no NO. A thousand times no! You know better than that.

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Sanguine, I’d be very interested to know what your objection is to this metaphor. Perhaps I do know better, but I’ve forgotten today.

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The Sanguine Enthusiast

September 30, 2009 at 8:18 pm

There is no inner state.

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Ah yes, of course there is no actual inner state, any more than there is actually any ‘me’. I was speaking poetically here. Thanks for the reminder, though.

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Photos from Nice??

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