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Pat's Response to Ascott and Moholy

 I'd like to touch on a couple quotes that especially captured my interest:

Moholy -- "It is high time to state once and for all that the much disdained masses, despite their "academic backwardness," often exhibit the soundest instincts and preferences. Our task will always remain the creative understanding of the true, and not the imagined, needs."

Pat's Response to Smalley and Beckett

Well, I'm not going to pretend that I understood or enjoyed the Smalley reading. Dealing with infinities like time and space quite frankly bewilder and scare me. Nevertheless, there were a few concepts familiar enough for me to relate to:

Pat's Response to Tarkovsky

Here are the statements from Tarkovsky that seemed to me the most striking: 

Pat's Response to Chion

The music or sound present in a movie can really change its meaning, and Chion's exploration of how it happens is fascinating. The concept of added value, that sound and image mutually influence each other, corresponds nicely with the "Unity of the Senses" reading from a few weeks ago. Also, the author's description of film as "verbocentric" also corroborated some of what we heard from Dave Douglas and Bill Morrison -- that the voice needs a lot of space to be intelligible.

Readings, Tuesday Jan 19

 A Few Ideas About Film and Music, John Cage

I love how Cage repeatedly emphasizes that successful music and art reflect an all-important and organic conception of rhythm in everyday life. A recurring theme of these readings and of my own ideas about composition and art seems to be that effective art helps us to understand the world around us.

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