#1
What if I ask thirty-two questions?
What if I stop asking now and then?
Will that make things clear?
Is communication something made clear?
What is communication?
Music, what does it communicate?
Is a truck passing by music? If I can see it, do I have to hear it too?
If I don't hear it, does it still communicate?
If while I see it I can't hear it, but hear something else, say and egg-beater, because I'm inside looking out, does the truck communicate or the egg-beater, which communicates?
Which is more musical, a truck passing by a factory or a truck passing by a music school?
Are the people inside the school musical and the ones outside unmusical?
What if the ones inside can't hear very well, would that change my question? Are sounds just sounds or are they Beethoven?
People aren't sounds, are they?
Is there such a thing as silence?
Even if I get away from people, do I still have to listen to something?
Say I'm off in the woods, do I have to listen to a stream babbling?
Is there always something to hear, never any peace and quiet?
If my head is full of harmony, melody, and rhythm, what happens to me when the telephone rings, to my piece and quiet, I mean?
And if it was European harmony, melody and rhythm in my head, what has happened to the history of, say, Javanese music, with respect, that is to say, to my head?
Are we getting anywhere asking questions?
Where are we going? Is this the twenty-eighth question?
Are there any important questions?
"How do you need to cautiously proceed in dualistic terms?"
Do I have two more questions?
And, now, do I have none?

Now that I've asked thirty-two questions, can I ask forty-four more?
I can, but may I?
Why must I go on asking questions?
Is there any reason in asking why?
Would I ask why if questions were not words but were sounds?
If words are sounds, are they musical or are they just noises?
If sounds are noises but not words, are they meaningful?
Are they musical?
Say there are two sounds and two people and one of each is beautiful, is there between all four any communication?
And if there are rules, who made them, I ask you?
Does it begin somewhere, I mean, and if so, where does it stop?
What will happen to me or to you if we have to be somewhere where beauty isn't?
I ask you, sometime, too, sounds happening in time, what will happen to our experience of hearing, yours, mine, our ears, hearing, what will happen if sounds being beautiful stop sometime and the only sounds to hear are not beautiful to hear, but are ugly, what will happen to us?
Would we ever be able to get so that we though the ugly sounds were beautiful?
If we drop beauty, what have we got?
Have we got truth?
Have we got religion?
Do we have mythology?
Would we know what to do with one if we had one?
Gave we got a way to make money?
And if money is made, will it be spent on music?
If Russia spends sixty million for the Brussels Fair, lots of it for music and dance, and America spends one-tenth of that, six million about, does that mean that one out of ten Americans is as musical and kinesthetic as all the Russians put together?
If we drop money, what have we got?
Since we haven't yet dropped truth, where shall we go looking for it?
Didn't we say we weren't going, or did we just ask where we were going?
If we didn't say we weren't going, why didn't we?
If we have any sense in our heads, wouldn't we know the truth instead of going around looking for it?
How otherwise would we as they say, be able to drink a glass of water?
We know, don't we, everybody else's religion, mythology, philosophy and metaphysics backwards and forwards, so what need would we have for one of our own if we had one, but we don't do we?
But music, do we have any music?
Wouldn't it be better to just drop music too?
Then what would we have?
Jazz?
What's left?
Do you mean to say it's a purposeless play?
Is that what it is when you get up and hear the first sound of each day?
Is it possible that I could go on monotonously asking questions forever?
Would I have to know how many questions I was going to ask?
Would I have to know how to count in order to ask questions?
Do I have to know when to stop?
Is this the one chance we have to be alive and ask a question?
How long will we be able to be alive?


Contemporary music is not the music of the future nor the music of the past but simply the music present with us: this moment, now, this now moment. That moment is always changing. How can we possibly tell what contemporary music is since now we’re not listening to it. We’re reading a lecture about it, and that isn’t it. This is “tongue-wagging.” Removed as we are this moment from contemporary music (we are only thinking about it) each one of us is thinking his own thoughts … when we separate music from life what we get is art. With contemporary music, when it is actually contemporary, we have no time to make that separation, and so contemporary music is not so much art as it is life and any one making it no sooner finishes one of it than he begins making another. Very frequently no one knows that contemporary music is or could be art. He simply thinks it is an irritation … The hexagram on art discusses the effect of a work of art as though it were a light shining on top of a mountain penetrating to a certain extent the surrounding darkness. That is to say, art is described as being illuminating, and the rest of like as being dark. If there were a part of life dark enough to keep out of it a light from art, I would want to be in that darkness, fumbling around if necessary, but alive and I rather thing that contemporary music would be there in the dark too, bumping into things, knocking others over and in general adding to the disorder that characterizes life rather than adding to the order and stabilized truth beauty and power that characterize a masterpiece.


If, as we have, we have dropped music, does that mean we have nothing to listen to?
Don’t you agree with Kafka when he wrote, “Psychology – never again?”
If you had to put on ten fingers the music you would take with you if you were going to the North Pole, what would you put?
Is it true there are no questions that are really important?

Here’s a little information you may find informative about information theory:

Fourier analysis allows a function of time (or any other independent variable_ to be expressed in terms of periodic (frequency) components. The frequency components are overall properties of the entire signal. By means of a Fourier analysis one can express the value of a signal at any point in terms of the over=all frequency properties of the signal; or vice versa, one can obtain these over-all properties from the values of the signal at its various points.

What did I say?
Where is the “should” when they say you should have something to say?
Three. Actually when you drop something, it’s still with you, wouldn’t you say?
Four. Where would you drop something the get it completely away?
Five. Why do you not do as I do, letting go of each thought as though it were void?
Six. Why do you not do as I do, letting go of each thought as though it were rotten wood?
Why do you not do as I do, letting go of each thought as though it were a piece of stone?
Why do you not do as I do, letting go of each thought as though it were the cold ashes of a fire long dead, or else just making the slight response suitable to the occasion?
Nine. Do you really think that the discovery that a measurable entity exists, namely, the energy which can measure mechanical, electrical, thermal, or any other kind of physical activity, and can measure potential as well as actual activity, greatly simplifies thinking about physical phenomena?
Do you agree with Boulez when he says what he says?
Are you getting hungry?
Twelve. Why should you (you know more or less what you’re going to get)?
Will Boulez be there or did he go away when I wasn’t looking?
Why do you suppose the number 12 was given up but the idea of the series wasn’t?
Or was it?
And if not, why not?
In the meantime, would you like to hear the very first performance of Christian Wolff’s For Piano with Preparations?


What in heaven’s name are they going to serve us for dinner, and what happens afterwards?
More music?
Living or dead, that’s the big question. When you get sleepy, do you go to sleep?
Or do you lie awake?
Why do you lie awake?
Why do I have to go on asking questions?
Is it the same reason I have to go on writing music?
But it’s clear isn’t it, I’m not writing music right now?
Why do they call me a composer, then, if all I do is ask questions?
If one of us says that all twelve tones should be in a row and another says they shouldn’t, which one of us is right?
What if a B flat, as they say, just comes to me?
How can I get it to come to me of itself, not just pop up out of my memory, taste and psychology?
How?
Do you know how?
And if I did or somebody else did find a way to let a sound be itself, would everybody within earshot be able to listen to it?
Why is it so difficult for so many people to listen? Why do they start talking when there is something to hear?
Do they have their ears not on the sides of their heads, but situated inside their mouths so that when they hear something their first impulse is to start talking?
The situation should be made more normal, don’t you think?
Why don’t they keep their mouths shut and their ears open?
Are they stupid?
And, if so, why don’t they try to hide their stupidity?
Were bad manners acquired when knowledge of music was acquired?
Does being musical make one automatically stupid and unable to listen?
Then don’t you think one should put a stop to studying music?
Where are your thinking caps?


We’re passing through time and space. Our ears are in excellent condition.
#2
A sound is high or low, soft or loud, of a certain timbre, lasts a certain length of time, and has an envelope.

Is it high?
Is it low?
Is it in the middle?
Is it soft?
Is it loud?
Are there two?
Are there more than two?
Is it a piano?
Why isn’t it?
Was it an airplane?
Is it noise?
Is it music?
Is it softer than before?
Is it supersonic?
When will it stop?
What’s coming?
Is it time?
Is it very short?
Very long?
Just medium?
If I had something to see, would it be theatre?
Is sound enough?
What more do I need?
Don’t I get it whether I need it or not?
Is it a sound?
Then, again, is it music?
Is music – the word, I mean – is that a sound?
If it is, is music music?
Is the word “music” music?
Does it communicate anything?
Must it? If it’s high, does it?
If it’s low, does it?
If it’s in the middle, does it?
If it’s soft, does it?
If it’s loud, does it?
If it’s an interval, does it?
Is an interval a chord?
Is a chord an aggregate?
Is an aggregate a constellation?
What’s a constellation?
How many sounds are there all together?
One million?
Ten thousand?
Eighty-eight?
Do I have to ask ten more?
Do I?
Why?
Why do I?
Did I decide to ask so many?
Wasn’t I taking a risk?
Was I
Why was I?
Will it never stop?
Why won’t it?

I have nothing to say and I am saying it.

Would it be too much to ask if I asked thirty-three more?
Who’s asking?
Is it I who ask?
Don’t I know my own mind?
Then why do I ask if I don’t know?
Then it’s not too much to ask?
Right?
Then, tell me, do you prefer Bach to Beethoven?
And why?
Would you like to hear Quantitäten by Bo Nilssion whether it’s performed for the first time or not?
Has anyone seen Meister Eckhart lately?
Do you think serious music is serious enough?
Is a seventh chord inappropriate in modern music?
What about fifths and octaves?
What if the seventh chord was not a seventh chord?
Doesn’t it seem silly to go on asking questions where there’s so much to do that’s really urgent?
But we’re halfway through, aren’t we?
Shall we buck up?
Are we in agreement that the field of music needs to be enlivened?
Do we disagree?
On what?
Communication?
If I have two sounds are they related?
If someone is nearer one of them than he is to the second, is he more related to the first one?
What about sounds that are too far away for us to hear them?
Sounds are just vibrations including radio waves, light, cosmic rays, isn’t that true?
Why didn’t I mention that before?
Doesn’t that stir the imagination?
Shall we praise God from Whom all blessings flow?
Is a sound a blessing?
I repeat, is a sound a blessing?
I repeat, would you like to hear Quantitäten by Bo Nilssion whether it’s performed for the first time or not?


Would you believe that I didn’t write any of this, but typed it all out by hand?
Does it matter?


hmu
Last edited by jazz_rock_feel at Sep 13, 2014,
#3
"Is it a piano?
Why isn't it?"

Because I can't play piano, jerk
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#5
bloody hell mate, this is going to take me a while to read and then figure out why I already agree with you
it's all just coming back
it's all coming back

it's all coming back to me
#6
when did egraham get a colored name

have i not been active for that long

also what happened to his ron swanson avatar

#12
The answer to all the questions is both yes and no simultaneously.

None of this is real anyway.
"There are two styles of music. Good music and bad music." -Duke Ellington

"If you really think about it, the guitar is a pointless instrument." - Robert Fripp
#14
I just love his cheeky smile at the end of the water video
it's all just coming back
it's all coming back

it's all coming back to me
#15
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Jazz?


Yes.
Fusion and jazz musician, a fan of most music.

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"Only play what you hear. If you don't hear anything, don't play anything."
#16
You would be surprised how much of the Tao of Jeet Kune Do directly applies to music making.
"There are two styles of music. Good music and bad music." -Duke Ellington

"If you really think about it, the guitar is a pointless instrument." - Robert Fripp
#18
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when did egraham get a colored name

have i not been active for that long

also what happened to his ron swanson avatar


I slightly recognize your username.

I was CCd last October.

Ron Swanson is gone.

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#21
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#24
"Cage, by the way, was never interested in and probably never took drugs. He had friends who did, though, he says. Probably this was, among others, John and Yoko, who also introduced him to macrobiotic cooking."