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TPP track extracts on SOUND CLOUD
This blog is a way for me to gather and publish a range of stuff that has to do with my life and work. I’ll soon hit 77 and the spectre of mortality hovers. Time left relative to my relationship with art and music and time left to organise the things I have amassed in my daily life, becomes crucial
The idea of a blog insinuated itself. Naivety perhaps but the ‘blog’ seems to me to have developed into a real-time, real-world document as distinct from the, static, indelible forms – audio recording, video and DVD, film and the literary and photographic tomb (just a thought!).
So over time I’ll post various aspects of my work hopefully striking a balance between the needs of my current work and working processes and the documentation of past and present as creatively as this blog format permits.
ABOUT MY WORK:
For many years image, object, and sound making have all competed for a fair share of attention. Among these, interactive improvisation with other performance composers has been particularly insistent. All these elements have supported each other, and sustained me, throughout my life and there has been no conflict, just limited time.
My considerations and decision-making in painting, my current favoured art process, are indistinguishable from those in sounding or anything else in fact. Regardless of media, methodology and style, I am always concerned with the dynamic and interactive, with processes of inter-relationship and inter-dependence. Media and procedure are inter-determined and all of it is an expression of mind energy interactions and of the frailty and impermanence of everything.
Teaching has reflected my concerns as an artist in these realms, functioning as another art process and I have been blessed with a number of very special individuals as students. Many have been at a basic level of art and music investigation – nonetheless stimulating for me – and many have been at the ‘turning point’, that indecipherable stage where ‘student’ becomes ‘artist’ and ‘teacher’ or ‘guru’ becomes colleague. Suffice to say it is a difficult period, if not an illusion, often sticky with emotive confusion. I won’t discuss them in this context though I am often blessed with their declarations of my place in their creative energy and often feel pride in their achievements. This blog is dedicated to them all.
DT, © 2010, revised © 2013