Wednesday, August 5, 2009

this<->is : |boring| : .<->?

Anonymous said...

"...i'm 22, I've only experienced the new style and scene, and I don't think you're jaded. when I was a kid I thought the little snippets of ravey stuff I heard sounded stupid, now I'm totally bored with how stylish and rounded off current dance music is and getting kind of obsessed with discovering old hardcore and detroit techno tunes. I am totally excited about the future though. there is so much further that dance music can go and explore and once more people get bored it's gonna be amazing..."

July 21, 2009 4:51 PM

Terre said...

"...Feeling space… it's strange, because I do often talk about sound in visual terms. I think a big part of this is my visual arts background, and having read a lot of visual theory. But I usually ‘feel space’ in a literal way – the space of playback, the quality of the sound system, etc. I think the issue of time is more directly related to the compositional process. For me, boredom is the most informative way of ‘feeling time’. It's about borders and limits of personal tolerance. When do we get bored? What happens after we get bored and the audio keeps going? Why weren't we bored before? Is it possible to ‘go back in time’ as the audio continues, and regain interest? Suddenly we have to confront our expectations about something, and decide to continue or retreat to silence and hope that's more interesting. Conceptually, boredom is much more exciting than traditional models of compositional momentum intended to captivate an audience..."

March 2, 2008


  1. two very different points of view on the same subject...interesting.

    "only boring people get bored."
    -kate coffee

  2. And for Erik Satie, 'Boredom was mysterious and profound' and an effective way of mystifying and irritating the bourgeoisie, as Satie suggests in Sports et Divertissements [1914], which opens with a Chorale into which "I have put all I know about Boredom. I dedicate it to those who don't like me.'

  3. To add (from Walter Benjamin):

    'The dream bird of boredom hatches the egg of experience.'

  4. "Your true traveller finds boredom agreeable rather than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty—his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure."

    So there you have Huxley's take. Boredom = the profoundest decadence. I agree.

  5. No. this is the wrong mentality. There is room between Lady Gaga and "Upekah" by Son.Sine, a dreary track revered by this site's blogger. Of the beyond boring "Upekah" he writes "it is moments like this that you feel the full force of techno. everything else fades away, life is momentarily in balance, all you can hear and feel is the music. moments like these are so rare and beautiful that each one should be treasured and remembered." What?? In general I find ambient music to be suspect: too often there's a "spiritual" or worse- a "philosophical"- agenda being promoted from behind the music..

  6. nietzsche believes that it is only after a massive amount of boredom that the Artist becomes motivated. The problem with most people he felt, is that they are simply unable to endure it. Something I come across all the time.


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