Shhhh…

February 8, 2014

One of the things I’ve been trying to emulate is the quietness of this lovely piece by Valentin Silvestrov:

However as soon as I get something stark like this it feels too bare, and out come the swathes of ambient guitars. Oblique Strategies might suggest : ‘leave out the unnecessary’. Indeed, but that’s hard to attempt when there’s a world of possibilities. Weed out the extraneous, harshly, mercilessly. Oh, but look, such lovely weeds.

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3 Responses to “Shhhh…”

  1. Chris Says:

    “first thought, best thought,” Ginsberg said. And “music is the silence between the notes,” says another. It’s only a weed if you don’t want it….

    • stephenhero Says:

      Thanks Chris. I think when you’ve made a body of work it’s quite usual to react against it or to try going further down a particular strand. I’m trying this time to be more public about the process. Early days.
      First thoughts usually need editing in my case. Libellous!

  2. Daveadoo Says:

    Was just listening to ‘Pierced’. While not my favorite tune by KOD – it occurred to me it’s one of my favorite vocal performance by you.


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