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18 February 2007 @ 07:10 pm
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The concept of any one medium being utterly uninfluenced by any other is impossible. Words attempt to describe visuals, sounds, texture, taste, emotion; as does music attempt to express the same, as does painting, as does dance, as does ANY form of artistic communication. The different mediums are all different expressions of the search for the same concepts: truth, meaning, emotion, the layers beneath what is seen, the very essence of the material world. They conflict and coexist in a Taoist paradoxical whole, and we humans can only clumsily express so much of the whole in any one artistc work.

Music comes to associate itself with clothing style, and the two are seen as one and the same message to some people, be it rebellion, emotion, nihilistc hedonism, redneck pride, or ghetto-fabulousness. This is the most common and obvious pop-culture example familiar to youth. Lyrics separate themselves from the music and the melody as words. Visual is music video and fashion. A certain emotional state or philosophy is often the root of affiliation with one or another philosophy, or, some argue, the end-result of overexposure. It is clear a way-of-life that one labels with a musical style has root in far more than the bending of pitch and sound. It is a multimedia representation of a philosophical base and a social movement.

Science and philosophy so often influences the thought, and therefore the art, of people. The age of reason has influenced both a reverence for rationality and a romantic backlash--even the romance is influenced in its renouncement of the rational, for without the rational to study and come to reject, the co-existing form of "romanticism" loses its characteristic flavor.

Writing is merely another medium effected by all of these manifestations. In ages of antiquation and propriety it is marked by euphamism and an avoidance of unpleasantness; in ages of rebellion is it marked by swearing and irreverence. The examples abound. Nonsensical lyrics, poems, and prose often give the reader a subconscious awareness of the author's world, a sort of ambience one cannot explain with any one line in the work. I have come to think all of these mediums are merely our clumsy attempts to express the full-fledged ideas in our subconscious, far too complex and wholistic to be parced into different mediums, clumsy words, single notes, and single outfits. We only do what we can.
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