All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.Not to be confused with that other great Zappa quote:
You can't always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say, so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream.I just ran across an artist that really gives me hope that what I am trying to do is possible. The artist is a Spanish painter named Dino Valls.
As one of the Spanish representatives of the vanguard of figurative art, Valls' work displays the strong influence of past masters and their studies of the human being. In the early '90s, Valls began studying the use of egg tempera, adapting and customizing the techniques of Italian and Flemish masters from the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries to create new works in combinations of tempera and oil. His paintings elaborate and expand upon the methods of past masters, employing formal figurative techniques as the medium through which to explore the human psyche in a conceptual framework laden with profound psychological weight and symbolism.And here is the result:
That is what I regard as aesthetically powerful. It has depth, power, beauty. It uses the rich techniques of the past and images in a way that I have not often seen.
It makes me realize that what I have been doing lately: studying the way Joseph Haydn puts together phrases and the way Renaissance composers handled counterpoint, can actually provide me with the techniques I need.