“In A Landscape”

I put an audio file I composed from samples out here a few minutes ago. One of the samples was practically a song by itself.

When I put music out here, I don’t expect very many people to listen to it. There are two reasons for that:

  1. People reading blogs are often where they can’t really listen to music; or
  2. They don’t want to listen to it, because they know what they like, and this music (whatever it is) isn’t it.

A lot of us think of music as one of the world’s great unifying forces, but, in my experience, it really isn’t: in fact, it’s commonly used as more as a mark of division. People who listen to “this” type of music, don’t like “that” type of music, and vice-versa. Whatever music’s unifying force might be, it seems limited by tribe.

As a young teen, I found myself completely out of step with my contemporaries when it came to music. One of my problems was, I like almost every kind of music, which, apparently, was breaking a lot of rules. For another, I have an exceptional affinity for more abstract types of music, and in this, I have spent most of my life alone.

What follows below, is a relatively benign version of this kind of music. This particular piece, called “In A Landscape”, is by notorious avant garden composer John Cage – he of the 4′ 33” fame. I love this piece, and felt, from the first time I ever heard it, like I was in some way part of it.

Much of the music I love best in this world is of this kind, and I’ve long since learned that few others feel the same way.

But someone might.

Author: Sibelius Russell

Sibelius Russell (a/k/a/ Owen "Beleaguered" Servant) lives a life of whimsical servitude -- whatever that means.

7 thoughts on ““In A Landscape””

  1. Hmm..I didn’t hate it..I didn’t exactly not like it. When I heard it, I felt..something..I don’t really know how to describe it, it was a little uncomfy..a little fearful…but then there were parts that sounded ok. It was an interesting listen though!

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  2. Thanks for introducing me to a piece by john cage that makes sense. i had written him off after going to a concert many years ago in which which Cliburn sat at the keyboard in complete silence. i don’t go in for totally white or black canvases either. This piece is ethereal and i guess silence is too, but not in a concert setting.

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