Wednesday, April 13, 2016

REVISIT: Dicky Barrett. "You Are In or You Are Out".

"Syree"  Bil Smith Composer
In compositional endeavors, Perspectivalism is a semantic theory according to which the contents of utterances and mental states (perhaps of a particular kind) have a truth-value only relative to a particular perspective (or standard) determined by the context of the composer or performer of the transformative state.

Richard Barrett
Several months back, I decided to capture an image of Richard Barrett's (Composer) precursor score to an upcoming premiere of his composition. 

He so gallantly posted this score prior to performance and I took the opportunity to interpret it visually in a different manner (and yes, prior to the premiere).  It's a re-appropriation of his work.  It can be interpreted as a mockery or a compliment.  (You decide).  If you are unfamiliar with this concept, check out Walter Benjamin or perhaps better, in the world of literature, Kenneth Goldsmith.  Bach and Kreidler come to mind as well.

I entitled this work "Syree", and yes, there is a message in the name. 


Richard, part of the prescribed composers of "The New Complexity" did not take well to this, but then, I did not expect him to either.  I do not say that as a ridicule of the composers categorized with this moniker.  While it may not be in vogue in certain circles, I personally, find Brian Ferneyhough one of the most brilliant minds the music world has ever experienced.

Brian Ferneyhough
Brian Ferneyhough is kind, intellectual, compassionate, a disruptive thinker and ...well, the most important to me...just an all around great person.  I had a great experience with him via email prior to meeting him in Darmstadt and I will always place him in very high esteem as a person.  He is a sincere man with an extremely kind heart.

I do believe that reappropriation/appropriation is a new authority of thematic claims that can literally and metaphorically define a disruptive, radical shift in compositional discourse.


As in Poker - You're In or You're Out. - Bil


James Erber, Composer. Another fantastic mind and a
complete inspiration.   



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