The Function of an Artist: three goals for a more productive and successful creative life

In a 1971 issue of Down Beat, Chick Corea wrote an engaging and thought-provoking column entitled ‘The Function of An Artist’. In this column, he argues that:

“A true artist is a dreamer. He creates something out of nothing. He is free in his own universe, molding and remolding his evaluations of the elements of life with a serious playfulness pointing to worlds not yet lived or realized — or maybe these worlds were once a reality since destroyed, and are now being recreated anew.” Continue reading “The Function of an Artist: three goals for a more productive and successful creative life”

Product or process: thoughts on the analysis of improvised music

To the practitioner, the idea of separating these two concepts, product and process, might seem overtly utilitarian. Surely the experience of spontaneously creating music cannot be reduced to mere processual considerations, or indeed, viewed entirely as a definitive final product with all the inherent logic, structure, and phenomenological experience of a notated composition? In my experience, it is not uncommon to find scholarship— concerning analysis that is—which, implicitly or explicitly, fosters a perception of dichotomy toward these stances (that is improvisation as a product or improvisation as a process). Perhaps this is unavoidable, a fundamental consequence of epistemological and methodological positioning? Continue reading “Product or process: thoughts on the analysis of improvised music”

The quiet decline of music in British schools: Total eclipse of the arts…

While snowed in the other week (and by ‘snowed in’ I mean just staying inside because it looked cold outside) I came across this article, and these are my, albeit brief, thoughts:

A decline in music in schools means a decline in the quantity and quality of audiences and musical outputs, irrespective of the context. Continue reading “The quiet decline of music in British schools: Total eclipse of the arts…”