Thursday, November 29, 2012

Advice from Kurt Vonnegut

I've been watching a lot of interviews with Kurt Vonnegut, and his thoughts on writing can easily be applied to the act of composing music (they are relevant to practically any creative practice, but I tend to have music on the mind...)

His talk on the shape of stories is definitely applicable to musical formal analysis.

His advice on how to write a short story can be directly applied to the composition of music. It may not make as much sense for someone like La Monte Young or George Brecht, but it's sound advice if the music approaches time/melody/harmony in a very traditional way.

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