quote of the day

Art is the most beautiful deception of all. And although people try to incorporate the everyday events of life in it, we must hope that it will remain a deception lest it become a utilitarian thing, sad as a factory.

— Claude Debussy

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  1. Good words, but I think, sadly, that its already happened. There are maybe still a few grains of sand left in the timeglass and we need to look closely to see them.

  2. altindiefanboy says:

    The feels…

  3. recursively burning bear says:

    I was about to say “golden words”, but then kira is right….

    it is uniformity that kills the spirit. showing your art to world has never been easier – you can upload your hot brand new track to soundcloud right from your daw. and then spam your facebook ‘friends’ with ‘give my new track a listen’, and, in a best scenario, get one-line responses as uniform as social networking itself – “like”, “love it”, “hell yeah!”.

    this doesn’t mean that your track is not worth attention, but rather the public is oversaturated with media like a solution which can’t dissolve any more salt. you have to warm the whole glass of water up in order to force it to accept yet another grain of it.

    this is what I call “depersonalization through utter individualism”, and this is what Jean Baudrillard scrutinizes in his books: a simulacrum of creativity is building from pre-built structures (“let’s drop that wobble bass, bro…”), a simulacrum of individuality is when you just fill in the forms “my hobby”, “my motto”, “my favorite whatever”, and simulacrum of freedom, when all you have to do is choose a), b) or c).

    I think we are living in an era of crashing illusions and deceptions, and sadly even the most beautiful of them are not an exception.

    on the other side, I, for one, still manage to discover gems from time to time – and these gems mainly have no reviews on discogs and have hundreds to few thousands views or listens combined over internet. yet they move me so much. so I guess you can’t miss the music you were meant to listen to according to the Script…:)

  4. So, where can we find our new home? Or should we retire just into private life?

  5. recursively burning bear says:

    this is the Question. I suppose it won’t be too much of a stretch to say that it’s basically Hamlet’s “to be or not to be”.

    to be is to go in circles, to ruin good things in attempt to make them better.

    not to be seems nihilistic, frightening and, after all, boring (equally as boring as the first option, in the long run)

    the trap of dualistic mind… unless we all transcend, the only hope for new home is that something totally new emerges, which, alas, will too have its rise, golden days and then demise…

  6. PASCAL Philippe says:

    Impressive discussion here :D
    You raised my spiritual level a little.

    I love Debussy’s music. And his music reflected his state of mind.
    About “utilitarian”, search this Japanese word : Chindōgu.
    And about Debussy, try this :

    There are some grains left playing Debussy like this with a banjo. Magical…

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