‘When morning gilds the skies’:
8.15 am: A communion. 9.00 am: Back on the treadmill that is the semester 1 assessments. (In the background: Bill Laswell’s Transmutations (1997). DJ Disk’s contribution to this improvisation is as impressive for its restraint as it is in the execution.) During the day, I opened my ears to music by the new generation of musicians and sound makers, whose compositions and improvisations fuse ‘mutant funk’, ‘chaos metal’, ‘hardcore noise’. As a matter of principle, I listen to what I like, hate, admire, despise, engage, and easily tire of, in order to not only broaden my education but also better define my own sensibility and contribution to the contemporary context.
Verbosity has blighted this batch of essays. The aggregation of ‘art words’ can create an impenetrable density. Longer words don’t make for larger ideas. Better a dozen comprehensible words than a few utterly opaque expressions. Good writing is the art of saying as much as possible with as little as possible as clearly as possible. Turnitin (the marking software) still has too many bugs for comfort; I’ll not miss this platform in the not too distant future. 11.30 am: A cup of lemon and ginger infusion to warm the body and lubricate the sinuses, and a wander into the studio to stretch my back and review what was on the bench.
Why does a pedal that draws only 250mA require a power supply of 1300mA? On, then, to Pedalboard 3, which I sometimes use during my practise sessions. The board has an array of essential components, while being constructed in such a way as to allow at least one effector to be substituted by another, if the need arose. Testing for and eliminating a 50 mHz hum:
Post lunch, I returned to marking posthaste. Having drilled my head with high-octane post-punk-jazz, I mellowed to some Joni Mitchell. Onwards, until dinner.
Continuing conspicuous commentary:
- ‘You have a proclivity for making things more complex and dense that they need to be. Write a little more as you would speak’.
- ‘Meaning obscure!’
- ‘When has it ever been thus? Don’t set up a straw man’.
- ‘The sentence isn’t resolved and is impenetrable’.
- ‘Be merciful to your reader’.
- ‘Amplify, elaborate upon, and weave the idea into the fabric of the essay.’
- ‘Write as though you mean what you’re saying. Write as though you care’. As though something was hanging on this.’
6.30 pm: Practise session:
7.30 pm: Back to it. ‘And the next submission, please!’
It’s been good to see representatives of the European Union on the ‘site stats’ over the past months. Neither I nor WordPress know either who they are or their whereabouts. The EU designation is given to those (five, by the close of yesterday) whose place of origin can’t be determined by the geolocator. I like to think of them as emanating from small and modest countries like Liechtenstein, Montenegro, and the Holy See: