Friday, December 26, 2008

The Exact, Elegant Arithmetic Of Artificial Sounds*

Fig. 1. J. W. Waterhouse - Saint Cecilia, 1895

'The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, "Is there a meaning to music?" My answer would be, "Yes." And "Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?" My answer to that would be, "No."'

Aaron Copland

* 'Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light.' Claude Debussy

Your Ears Will Orgasm #19: Debussy - String Quartet (MixPod Player)

Addendum #1: So Much Better When She Was Being Bad

Eartha Kitt (1927-2008) - C'est Si Bon (Live Kaskad, 1962)

Addendum #2: So Much Clearer When You Think About It

The "magic mirror maze" sequence from The Lady from Shanghai (1947) - d. Orson Welles (who, in 1950, gave her her first starring role, as "Helen of Troy" in his staging of Dr. Faustus)