Thursday, February 2, 2017

"I feel the best critique of any music is to let it speak for itself"



I feel the best critique of any music is to let it speak for itself. 

I feel that the interpretation of music is always subjective and that no amount of arm-twisting will change anybody’s mind, hence my hands-off approach. 

I find that composition contains enough morality, or lack thereof, that we don’t really need to do much with it; we’re working with explosive material here. 

I’m not interested in a hierarchical approach to composition; I’m not interested in judgments or moralizing — I don’t feel qualified for such actions. 

Rather, I’d prefer to reframe, repackage and recapitulate that which is already existing.  (OK...Johannes Kreidler​ makes this point, Darmstadt, 2012)

In that way, my writing is able to surprise me constantly, for I often write works I don’t agree with.

Bil Smith​



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