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Engineering Beauty

The fourth and most understandable error we made...was to have turned over all aspects of freeway route selection and design to the engineering profession. Of course, engineering is an absolutely necessary element in the road-building process. But engineering not all that is required. ... Freeways do not exist apart from the world. ...even the Division of Highways recognizes the fact that values of a sort that do not lend themselves to narrow economic analysis are important. ....
Tags: Education, California, Economics, Collaboration, Jazz, Menlo Park, WB, St Patrick, Oroville Dam, Stefan Kac, Aesthetics, Interdisciplinary Issues, Engineering and Engineers, Pushkarev, Bronson (william, William BronsonHow

Walter Capps—Erikson, Psychohistory, Worldview

Walter Capps"Erik Erikson's Contribution Toward Understanding Religion"in Ideas and Identities: The Life and Work of Erik Erikson (1998) ed. Wallerstein and Goldberger pp. 67-78 were the primary Erikson insight writ large, one could make a compelling case that the religious traditions themselves can be approached as extensions and exemplifications of the lives—indeed, the biographies—of their founders. (69) And in a footnote to a related passage: In making this suggestion, I wish to call atten...
Tags: Religion, Personality, Jazz, Psychoanalysis, Erik Erikson, Immanuel Kant, Erikson, Goldberger, Stefan Kac, Aesthetics, Wallerstein, Psychohistory, From A Notebook, Capps (walter, Erikson (erik, Walter Capps

Parsons on the Romantic and the Methodical

...the dominant character structure of modern Germany had been distinguished by a striking dualism between "A: an emotional, idealistic, active, romantic component which may be constructive or destructive and anti-social," and "B: an orderly, hard-working hierarchy preoccupied, methodical, submissive, gregarious, materialistic" component.In the traditional pre-Nazi German society it is overwhelmingly the B component which has become institutionalized. The A component arises from two principal in...
Tags: Art, Politics, Activism, Germany, United Nations, Jazz, Nazi, Academia, Parsons, Political Art, Stefan Kac, Aesthetics, Talcott Parsons, Critical Theory, Postmodernism And Postmodernists, Romanticism

"Don’t just play, feel the notes softly come out from your fingers and heart. The main melody comes many times, must be played with different shapes, colors, characters."

Said Lang Lang, quoted in "Lang Lang: The Pianist Who Plays Too Muchly/On a new recording of Bach’s 'Goldberg' Variations, the superstar artist stretches the music beyond taste" (NYT).Does "beyond taste" turn out to be something positive? The critic, Anthony Tommasini, says "I and many others have long found Mr. Lang’s performances overindulgently expressive and marred by exaggerated interpretive touches."What does it mean to feel the notes come from your heart?... That approach risks making the...
Tags: Music, Law, Language, Beethoven, James Joyce, Bach, Lang Lang, Goldberg, LANG, Tommasini, Aesthetics, Ann Althouse, Anthony Tommasini, Analogies

Mumford -- Art and Technics (xii)

"In the case of photography...there was for long a question as to whether it was or was not art. And the answer to that question is: Is there any leeway for choice and initiative on the part of the photographer? If there is such leeway, there is a possibility of art, that is of success or failure in terms that would have significance to the beholder. Perhaps the best effect of machine art is to make us conscious of the play of the human personality in the small area where it remains free, a diff...
Tags: Technology, Creativity, Automation, Jazz, Philosophy, Technics, Mumford, Stefan Kac, Aesthetics, Art And Technics (mumford, Mumford (lewis, Functionalism And Functionalists, Machine Art

Mumford -- Art and Technics (xi)

"Each art has its technical side...what would often be, were it not for the ultimate end of the process, sheer monotony and drudgery. But in the period when handicraft dominated, the artist and the technician arrived, as it were, at a happy compromise... That extra effort, that extra display of love and esthetic skill, tends to act as a preservative of any structure; for, until the symbols themselves become meaningless, men tend to value, and if possible to save from decay and destruction, works...
Tags: Change, Jazz, Philosophy, Relevance, Technics, Mumford, Stefan Kac, Aesthetics, Blog Month 2019, Art And Technics (mumford, Mumford (lewis

Beholder Halfway #12 – Black Study Group: Notes on Music and Money

An ‘audio essay’ that I was involved in producing as part of the Black Study Group (London). It was originally made for Paul Rekret –  Beholder Halfway series for Resonance Extra FM. Paul Rekret investigates the intersections of politics and … Continue reading →
Tags: Music, London, Audio, Religion, Race, Capitalism, Aesthetics, Black Art, Paul Rekret, Black Study Group

Enter the wondrous world of Walter Giers’ electronic sound art

Few people could make circuits into art quite like Walter Giers. He made them into visual objects, into aesthetic and design statements, into loud and even “annoying” performative constructions, into instruments. They aren’t simply utilitarian means to an end, but imaginative medium. Electronic Beats takes a look into Walter Giers’ mind this week in a new film, featuring interviews with family members that reveal some of his way of seeing the world. Off to Schwäbisch Gmünd, we go: The feature...
Tags: Music, Interviews, Germany, Inspiration, Tech, History, Artists, Documentaries, Interactive, Motion, Installations, Pioneers, Aesthetics, Light Art, Sound-art, Tristan Perich

Art in the age of digital production

Between 1986 and 1988, the jazz musician and experimental music pioneer George Lewis created the first version of Voyager. Through encountering the music of David Behrman, Jim Horton and others in the 1970s, Lewis became fascinated with the possibilities afforded by using computers in creating music. After spending some time making work that involved compositional programmes in Paris, Lewis returned to the US and began work on Voyager. His aspiration was not simply to use computers as a tool or ...
Tags: Google, Programming, Art, Books, Music, Featured, Germany, US, Paris, Jazz, Philosophy, Computer Science, Computer Art, Lewis, Hegel, Immanuel Kant

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