In this short essay I will try to defend why I think art is a form of knowledge and why it is so important to support art and artists, specially, experimental art, that due to its condition is usually unable to generate revenue to support itself. Our language is our world, however, language is limited. … Continue reading Art as knowledge
There's the famous theory that everything is a remix, that we are entangled in «webs of significance». Culture, according to the notable anthropologist Clifford Geertz, is «a system of inherited conceptions expressed in symbolic forms by means of which men communicate, perpetuate, and develop their knowledge about and attitudes toward life». Everything that surrounds me … Continue reading Finding one’s voice: assembling and mixing the little bits that ring inside yourself.
In the era of digital age and technology, computers and digital media changed our perception and values regarding making and consuming music. However, it seems to me that history (and specially western academia) haven't reflected that change and still regard on values connected with symbolic musical notation to write their values – what was adequate … Continue reading What is great music and why isn’t Beethoven that great after all
Illustration by ©RGBstock.com/Robert Proksa I will tell you some personal stories today. One of the things I most love to do is to create. I create stuff. Often. It is a process that I can't really explain, I'm just lying around and then, out of the blue, I make some nifty associations and I come … Continue reading My Music is very good: You were just expecting something else.
Pressuposto número um: se é que a ideia de país, de uma pátria, de uma comunidade imaginada que nos une a todos faz sentido, então muita coisa vai errada connosco. A ideia de Portugal e de defender o que é Português pode não fazer sentido de todo. É uma questão ideológica, já havia o adágio, … Continue reading Da música Portuguesa votada ao ostracismo
Some food for thought, just facts, not judgments. A typical European Family: Joe and Anne, two post-teens. Joe is graduating, never worked. Lives with his parents, depends on them for everything. Has some friends and a boring life, home, college, bars. Anne got pregnant in high-school and dropped off. Lives with his parents and also … Continue reading Six puppets
Formal systems and abstractions are everywhere in our world and dominate the thinking and the reasoning on how we organize ourselves and theorize and speculate about it. Therefore I am proposing yet an amusing and interesting mental experience – the analogy and the mirroring of political systems/ways we have used to organize our societies and … Continue reading Politics and Music – a symbolic analogy or How and Why Schoenberg invented Musical Communism