Sunday, September 18, 2005

Stockhausen

I read somewhere, I'll have to find the link to it, but Stockhausen, who might possibly be the greatest living composer of western music of the post-war era, said something extremely controversial but brain-lobe provoking: Something to the effect that the act of 9-11, specifically the crash of the planes into the WTC was the greatest work of art in the history of humankind. I don't know how to respond to this. Stockhausen must know more about art than me, because he's a genius, but obviously anything involving the willful death of innocent lives involved in a "work of art" has some problematic aspects. I mean Christo and his big umbrella falling over and killing a passerby is one thing. Where does the Holocaust fit into this scheme of things. I mean, sure, Hitler wasn't the first guy to try to kill a bunch of Jews, or commit Genocide (see Turkey via Armenians, or US via sloppily imported Africans, or US via native cultures etc etc)--but what efficiency! Hitler had the master's stroke. I suppose the argument is that within the symbolism and the originality act of violence lies the art. Still problematic. Something to think about, I guess. Anyhow, if 9-11 is not the greatest work of art in history of humankind (Other contenders that caused much bloodshed, like THe Pyriamids should be considered!) then the following gets my vote:

This. Thanks to Monsieur Duffy. (I don't think he reads my blog, but thanks anyway.)

Genius. I have a CD of south Indian drumming playing in the background, and it goes PERFECT.

1 comment:

Antonio Pinebluff said...

I guess, if you like playing with corpses;)