Saturday, July 8, 2006

Music as non-focal point 學用音樂當配角


I was organizing and rearranging some ceremonial music for a local Buddhist group and a search led me to this site about one of the earliest Taiwanese musican in modern time.





The site reminds me of my college musicology class. One of ourclassmates went to temples to trascribe the cermonial chanting. I wasnot at all interested in religious music because I had the prejudiceagainst music not being "the leading role" in any "application" (Ialways want to pay full attention to music itself). However, later whenI started to score for films and media, I had to learn to let go ofsuch proud attitude from several arguments with directors and producers.

A leading actor/actress can shine to the fullest degree, but a supporting role needs to know the subtle balance, artistically.

Religious music, especially those with meditational tradition, touches our heart in an amazing way. Clever and complex music doesn't always fit well in a ceremony. Only the music that's just right will do.

Overthe years I've learn that music that sounds so simple, such as folksongs or new age music, may actually be very deep and very hard to write.

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