Friday, August 28, 2015

I maintain that music is a pathless land

I maintain that music is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any new technology, by any celebrity. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally. Music, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be made a commercial property; nor should any commercial corporation be allowed to control access to music. If you first understand that, then you will see how impossible it is to turn music into a mass market product. Music is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organize it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallized; it becomes a museum exhibit. This is what global media corporations are attempting to do. Music is being dumbed down and made an ephemeral entertainment. Music cannot be brought down, rather the individual must make the effort to ascend to it. You cannot bring the mountain-top to the valley. If you want to reach the mountain-top you must pass through the valley, climb the steeps, unafraid of the dangerous precipices.
With apologies to Krishnamurti for my corruption of his teaching. Matt Haimovitz's limitless, unconditioned and dangerous 'Orbit: Music for solo cello (1945-2014)' featured in yesterday's beyond overgrown path.

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