In her article “Art Versus Commerce: Deconstructing a (Useful) Romantic Illusion,” Deena Weinstein suggests that drug use and suicide are common discursive tools for constructing the romantic myth of the artist:
« Critics celebrate romantic rock deaths because they affirm the myth of the artist. A drug overdose, a shotgun suicide, or gangland gangsta slaying; these deaths show, rhetorically, that the romantic artist was authentic, not merely assuming a (Christlike) pose.
The right kind of death is the most powerful authenticity effect, the indefeasible outward sign of inward grace. “The artist must be sacrified to their art; like the bees they must but their lives into sting they give”, Ralph Waldon Emerson wrote. . . .Death isn’t the only authenticity effect embraced by rock writers. They also champion heroin-addicted musicians and rockers who are off their rockers. . . . Addicts and insane are automatically authentic because their grip on rationality is too weak to allow them to “sell-out.” »
Musically, the basics of “Waltz #2” do not seem to have changed much over the song’s numerous lyrical revisions. In an interview with Guitar Player, Smith described his affinity for the type of chord change that gives life to “Waltz #2”:
« I’m kind of a sucker for passing chords, such as when you play a progression like G, D with an F# in the bass, and F. There’s a half-step, descending melody in those types of sequences that I love. The Beatles did that a lot. And that’s what I really like about traditional music. There are ways in which the chords connect to each-other–where certain notes only move a little bit while the main notes move a lot. Anything that has an ascending or descending half-step thing in it always rope me in. »
It was a very good read.
This little book could be a lot more interesting than any other Elliott Smith biography that I haven’t read yet.
My (kinda) Hello World in Processing. Just one quick random sketch (as they call the Processing’s applets): cubes and rotations.
I have yet to read the tutorials, I just took a glimpse at the first ones and one or two other sketches and made this. I have yet to look at the exemples also.. But so far this seems fun and easy to handle, at first, to make things with it. I guess I’ll try to learn the basics and experiment more with Processing… seems perfect for learning new things.