36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 114: Looking dumb


Vienna 1971—A Student Journal
A year of music, study, travel, sightseeing & friends.

Day 114 — Looking dumb
24-November-1971 (Wed.)


Good day. Lot of practicing.

Wearing my new “look-dumb” getup. But it’s a happy-type look and I like it. But so many people give me the eye. I’ll have to take a picture.

Went to an electronic music concert. Of student-type compositions. Some interesting and some not. Wrote down what I thought on the program. Also writing my own musical ideas in my Idea Book. I’m starting to get tired of typical contemporary music and typical electronic music—not that it’s bad, but for me, I want to make it more meaningful and enjoyable, and important, for the audience. (See book.)


Another good day. Yes.

I look dumb. What the heck is a “look-dumb” getup? I have no idea what I am talking about. The only thing might be that flimsy tan autumn coat and my scarf (see horn picture from yesterday) that could be reminiscent of a young Bohemian artist living in the Parisian French Quarter? Or maybe people are looking at me because I am wearing a flimsy coat in winter weather? Or was it my new ski jacket and Austrian ski cap with the eagle? I don’t know.

I should just stop talking. Happy

Electronic music concerts. I go to a student concert of electronic music concert and am critical. I suspect that I am getting tired of “typical” electronic music. I am only a student, remember, and not wise in all ways of the world. If a piece sounds like every other piece, then I may not be so fond of that work. It is easy to think this way in electronic music (and sometimes with contemporary music), due to the nature of electronic music—it’s complexity, timbres, lack of tonality, harmonic melodies, dissonant harmonies, and recognizable musical forms to hang your hat on. Often the music and melodies are fragmentary. I do love most contemporary music, but even as a graduate student later in life, I find that it is common to feel that many works are often too similar in these genres.

To be fair, it is not easy to write electronic music that feels unique and cohesive. An average traditional musician has trouble relating to this genre. As mentioned, the traditional musical elements are not there to grab a hold of.

Writing good music in any genre is not easy. Enough said.


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