Sunday, September 9, 2007

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

The slow rhythm of this film is very stylistic. Gravity 0 slows down everything but the sense of emergency is not decreased at all. From the apes are enlighted to learn how to kill for food and resources, to the computer's desire to survive, this odyssey invites us to think about what life is for. Monolith seems to play a role eternality, watching all the happenings. I'm very surprised to find the year of the movie, 1968. It's definitely still relevant.

Monday, April 16, 2007



我覺得blog給我很好的反思機會: 我為什麼要寫?要寫什麼?要寫給誰看?要具名還是要匿名?我發現這些問題各各組合我都有不同的答案,背後都透露出我不同的欲望,對我來說是很寶貴的經驗。


Thursday, April 12, 2007

Masculine Music vs. Feminine Music

A few weeks ago I was watching the video recording of an astonishing piano concert by Friedrich Gulda, Chick Corea, and Nicolas Economou (it was broadcasted on TV and was recorded from the TV). When Gulda was playing Bach's Air (a nice surprise in an improvisational concert), my housemate Shining, in the other room, heard that and asked me who the beautiful lady pianist was. I laughed hard and showed her the bald Gulda.

After that, I went on to watch Hiromi Uehara's piano concert at Singawa Aqua Stadium Stellar Ball. Then Shining walked by again when Hiromi was pounding on the piano with her fist and arm. Realizing the dramatic shock she must have been in, I couldn't help but laugh harder.

Does music has gender? Obviously the question implies a lot of sterotypical assumption:

First, the gender-quality association: beauty implies feminity.

Second, the music-performer assocation: a beautiful melody is probably produced by a beautiful person.

In our scenario here,a beautiful Bach Air then implies feminine qualities (ironically Bach was a man) which is probably played by a beautiful lady.

My gender equality friends would be more interested in breaking the above stereotype. I, as a composer, am actually more interested in what music is considered beautiful.

* Conservative repertoire in 'classical' concerts

* Listeners' ears unopened