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Bloodsport

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There is no audio yet for Serbian artist Danijela’s violent abstract. The title, ‘Bloodsport’ is my own, not the artists. So far there has been no objection.

There is splattering energy in the painting. A glob of red and black paint in the upper left appears flung onto the canvas. The splashes, like blood and entrails, travel south and east.

The slash of white offers energy in the opposite direction – into that principal blob of red and black. In fact I can see the dog, or the beast in this white streat. The open mouth seems ready to take a bite.

I am amazed at Danijela’s capacity for emotional expression. The painting suggests to me the moment after violence erupts. It is the still hot after party to conflict and confrontation.

I challenge my friends in the independent composer communities to write tracks for this art. We will set up a contest and see who wins a print of ‘Bloodsport’

Prints of ‘Bloodsport’ are available through my Facebook shop, here: https://www.facebook.com/commerce/products/1645187052198099/

Dan Goldstein

Wordpress blogger, Harrisburg, PA Dan Goldstein

Nice to find free stuff like this now and then

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Terranova 3

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Terranova means New Earth. Your blogger’s narrative for this painting, however, is about the onset of deep sleep. Perhaps it is Terranova in the sense of sleep’s gift of renewal. The circle of blue is the thoughts which accompany us as we lay down to sleep. They swirl around gently, slowing and slowing as we sooth ourselves in bed with prayers of gratitude, thoughts of forgiveness for self and others.
In the painting, lines of blue and purple push upward and leftward against this swirling circle of thought. Like hormonal secretions of melatonin, these lines push against consciousness, against pain, and into a cottony bed of oblivion, like the white cottony section of Danijela’s canvas.

Danijela herself offers an alternative explanation:
“When you meditate in relation with the earth you become different, but the earth is changing also-through meditation becomes a new earth and a new man…Blue is the color of spiritual and red color symbolizes the remnants of the material.”

It seems the dream of sleep corresponds to the artist’s notion of meditation. Both can be catalysts for change, as they reveal insights from a deeper consciousness. It is fitting that the red, the remnant, exists in the bottom right of the canvas. With the artist’s words, we see evolution, even directional flow in the painting. From the material, the red patches, we transition to lines of purple (towards the spiritual) and then into the full spirituality and revelation of the blue.

Danijela also contributes the project’s audio component. Succumb to trance. Breathe the air. Feel the energy. Let go of the material, of the painting’s red. Make your journey upward to the spiritual, to the G-dhead.

May these words and this music accompany you each time you enjoy Danijela’s painting.

Prints are available of Danijela’s ‘Terranova 3’ in my Facebook Shop here:

https://www.facebook.com/commerce/products/1689857874419702/

Dan Goldstein

Wordpress blogger, Harrisburg, PA Dan Goldstein

Nice to find free stuff like this now and then

 

The Lion

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If I were an abstract crouching lion, I would certainly want my supporting audio track to suggest either my roar, or my jungle, or both. At the very least, I would hope for a certain strength, a certain tension, a certain wildness.

It would be an entirely different matter if the artist had not named the painting The Lion. If that were the case, interpretive options would likely multiply. Then perhaps the composer sees not a crouching lion but a Christmas tree, or a table in a French cafe, and musical decisions would run apace.

But the fact is our artist named the painting. For some of us, at least, a deference to that specification of subject creates an imperative which guides creative choices. Therefore the audio does in fact include obligatory native grunts, a sort of abstract jungle ambience, and a sustained tension.

The painting by Serbian artist and composer Danijela Jovik is ambiguous not only for its abstraction. If we do embrace the figurative premise of a lion, we must then wonder if the lion rests or prepares to pounce. The latter scenario seems more likely since the hind is elevated, the stomach raised, the head attentive.
The audio however does not seem to weigh in on the question of the lion’s intentions.

We are fortunate to be offering prints of several abstract paintings by Danijela Jovic.

A print of The Lion is available through my Facebook Shop, here: https://www.facebook.com/commerce/products/1532291460188225/

Dan Goldstein

Wordpress blogger, Harrisburg, PA Dan Goldstein

Nice to find free stuff like this now and then

 

Awakening Your Senses

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Photographer Shelley Neff captures light on water along the river shore. Truly that light seems intent on spreading her gift to the shore and up the gentle slope to the firs. For the shrubs and grasses all seem aglow, as if electrically charged. But even as we sense this energy of spreading light (it is a cool, cleansing, refreshing feeling), the photograph also conveys a deep sense of hush. It may be that a hidden bird will venture a short whistle. Perhaps a cicada or a cricket will chirp from within the brush. But we will need to bend the ear for it.
Finally, not to let wonderful color schemes go unrecognized, we notice with delight the symmetry of colors in river and sky. Dark purples of clouds find their peers in shadowy patches of the water. The sky’s brighter blues are likewise matched below.
How does the Bill Madison audio track, with it’s fast strumming, finger picking, and assertive vocal, align with our gentle photo? Clearly the music does not choose here to paint the picture in sound. Rather, the music is the story of a man’s relationship to the river. Bill’s lyric describes the lifestyle informed by the river’s tranquility and purity. Here money is of little value. We live simply. We live in harmony with nature and one another.
We glean from Shelly’s keywords that this photo was snapped somewhere in Maine. But this river shore could easily be the Blogger’s hometown Susquehanna River. And perhaps for each of us it could be a place nearby, where we can retreat, at least sometimes, to share in the values of harmony and simplicity so eloquently expressed in the song.

Prints are available of Danijela’s ‘Death Cycle’ in my Facebook Shop here:

https://www.facebook.com/commerce/products/1574252959300924/

Dan Goldstein

Wordpress blogger, Harrisburg, PA Dan Goldstein

Nice to find free stuff like this now and then


 

Death Cycle

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I see the frontal shadow of a black motorcycle on the right bottom portion of the canvas. I imagine two scenarios in this bold, even violent abstract by Serbian artist and composer Danijela Jovic. On the one hand, motorcycle and rider have been squashed against a white wall. Oil and blood splatter. Or perhaps we tilt the entire viewpoint 90 degrees, such that motorcycle lies flat on the ground, front wheel turned upwards. The rider is off the canvas – likely unconscious on the ground. Blood and oil form streaks on white snow.

The audio of Hugues Racine aka ‘Stale’ is hard hitting but extremely upbeat. Hugues shares that the track was written in memory of a friend who died in a motorcycle accident. The track is the biker’s celebration of freedom. Clearly the composer opted to celebrate his friend’s life in the track. But how to reconcile the harsh, violent brushstrokes of the painting. Or does the music lead you to a completely different response to the visual?

The painting speaks of a wipeout. I see the black outline of a motorcycle in the lower right corner. It seems the rider slammed into a wall and the forward energy is conveyed in grotesque splashes of blood and oil against the white surface. It is a dramatic, if tragic ending to a life well-lived – a life which took freedom by the handlebars and rode it for all it was worth.

And surely this is at least one connection we can make between Danijela’s painting and the celebratory rock track of Canadian rocker Hugues Racine. We learn from Hugues that he wrote his track – ‘In Speed’ – in memory of a friend who died in a motorcycle accident. But Hugues does not reflect upon the violent end, but rather the assertive and exhilarating life.

Expanding like a flame, the speed of sound I chase. Sailing down the road, I’m in control. The wind is in my face, nothing can go wrong (In speed, I belong. So free, can’t go wrong.) The colours are passing by, like a blurry scene. Nothing’s in the way. I’m in control. Nothing’s stopping me, nothing can go wrong. (In speed, I belong. So free, can’t go wrong.) . . . IN SPEED I BELONG . . .

Prints are available of Danijela’s ‘Death Cycle’ in my Facebook Shop here:

https://www.facebook.com/commerce/products/1574252959300924/

Dan Goldstein

 

City of Oaxaca

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Oaxaca is a state in southern Mexico known for its indigenous cultures. Its capital, the City of Oaxaca, is noted for colonial buildings often made of green volcanic stone. In the main square, El Zócalo, stands the baroque Catedral de Oaxaca. Beyond the city, pre-Columbian archaeological sites include Mitla, Yagul and Monte Albán, the Zapotec capital dating to around 500 B.C.
Given that artist Uriel Agustin’s church has more of the colonial than the baroque about it, we suspect his painting is not a depiction of the City of Oaxaca public square, but perhaps of an ‘old town’ neighborhood. The proximity of planted fields to the church seems to support this theory, as does a long row of low-lying shops or residences, painted uniformly red, across the road on the right. The reds of shops and church roof along with greens of plants and shrubbery lend the painting (and probably the town itself) its particular ethnic flavor.
And so does the audio selection by ShortBusMusic offer Spanish ambience appropriate to this depiction of colonial influence in a Mexican town. The track features a rich flamenco style 12-string guitar and, later, a sensuous vocalise in counterpoint. Perhaps the track is a bit too active, and romantic, for what really looks to be a pretty sleepy town. But hey, watch out what goes on behind closed doors in sleepy Mexican towns!

You can order a print of City of Oaxaca in my Facebook Shop, here:

https://www.facebook.com/commerce/products/1413509072103382/

Dan Goldstein

 

Cathedral Reflections

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The shiny reflection on the floor of Washington National Cathedral’s Bethlehem Chapel attests to some humble man performing his humble duty in magnificent fashion. The visitor here, whose depressed spirit allows perhaps only a downward glance, is offered reflections of hope and elevation, reflections of his own potential for self improvement and greatness. As the eyes of our encouraged guest draw upward, he sees the column bases, solid blocks, unshakable foundations. The columns’ first decorous bands, protruding gently, smooth and curved, speak a graceful word, one of comfort. So he lifts his eyes still further and upward. Even as the whole space is filled with grandeur, so is our inspired witness filled with awe. It is awe for man’s creation. It is awe for G-d, whose glory all this celebrates.

Dan Goldstein chooses a warm, resonant brass sound for an ambient effect. Cathedral spaces have always been favorite venues for brass quintets. Perhaps two trombonists stand just out of sight and offer their humble meditation, their humble prayer. The sparsity of interval and rhythm speaks to the stillness of the place. Somehow the noble simplicity of this brass chant allows us to be impressed by this grand interior without being overwhelmed by it.

If you would like a print of Cathedral Reflections, you can order in my Facebook shop, here:

https://www.facebook.com/commerce/products/1894443170571629/

Dan Goldstein

 
 
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