Don’t have enough vein diameter to feed blood to your virtual avatar in Second Life? Need to relax, but find the practice of meditation too emotionally barren to pursue? Can’t even properly evoke the Slow Movement in your bowel displacements?

Listen, friend. Don’t even think about “getting tased”.

Rather, consider this quote by classical guitarist Julian Bream insightful, on his choice for a Life in Music:

As we settle, a little anxiously, into the 21st Century, it appears to me that we have become obsessed with speed and various forms of electronically induced communication.

The performance of serious music on the other hand pursues its own natural rhythm as its articulation unfolds organically in physical time. It was this natural and deeply expressive feature that drew me inexorably toward music as a young man, to become eventually the raison d’être of my life’s work.


En français:

Au fur et à  mesure que nous entrons, non sans quelque inquiétude, dans le XXIe siècle, il me semble que nous sommes obsédés par la vitesse et par diverses formes de communication induites par l’électronique.

Mais l’exécution de musique sérieuse suit son propre rhythme naturel et son articulation s’épanouit organiquement dans le temps physique. C’est cette caractéristique naturelle et profondément expressive qui m’a attiré de manière inexorable vers la musique dans ma jeunesse et qui est finalement devenue la raison d’être de l’oeuvre de ma vie.

Pretty basic, but works for me. The quote was gleaned from the booklet accompanying the DVD: Julian Bream, My Life In Music, which is produced and distributed by Music on Earth.

Paradoxically, as electronic communications speed up information to the point of pure pattern (pace McLuhan), doesn’t information overload actually slow down human communication? Communication requires that we make meaning out of what we perceive: this takes more time when you’re swimming in speeded-up info, no?

So it would seem that getting back to our senses is the ultimate art form, and ‘serious musicians’ – to use Bream’s expression – make this process their daily sacrament.

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