Re: Stan Brakhage Copyrights _Experimental sound-art

From: peiman khosravi (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Oct 22 2009 - 17:13:48 PDT

Dear All,

Firstly I would like to say thanks for all your comments, rude or otherwise!

Tony, if I used the word "rude" it was not because I was offended. The word
was used to highlight what I felt was an intellectually unjustified and
unreasonable critical attitude in your original post. I say critical
attitude because that's all it was, the attitude without the criticism.
However, I appreciate your subsequent posts and have very much enjoyed
having a full-on debate!

I am extremely thankful to Marilyn Brakhage for her mind-opening notes with
regard to the "musical thinking" behind the films and for pointing me to all
the right sources to study. And of course for permitting me, encouragingly
so, to take up this project in the first place.

If nothing else, this project has proved to be a personally educative one.
Not to mention the inspiration that has kept me awake for the past few
night. The inspiration that comes from Stan Brakhage's work, which is not by
any means a neutral canvas, but a door that has opened my eyes as well as my
ears onto a whole new world of aesthetic richness.

The piece is actually finished - still needs some balancing and the
beginning is rather weak. What I thought would have taken a few weeks at
best, has only taken a few days! (Although I have used my extensive sound
library that was developed over the course of 3 years) And I am a very slow
composer, often spending 6-7 months on one piece. This could mean only two
things: either the result is completely rubbish or that it is buzzing with
inspiration! I must leave it for a couple of days and come back to it to
find out... At the moment I am rather happy with it, it certainly does
maintain a relationship with the film (a kind of polyphony I hope), changing
its perception as much as the film changes it. In fact I have tried
listening to it without the film and it doesn't make much sense. But only
time (and maybe Tony Conrad too) can tell... ;-)

Many thanks,


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