On Time

September 12th, 2017


Some thoughts about time for the Brooklyn Rail's Slow Art issue


A few months ago, Arden Reed, the critic and writer of a new book about James Turrell's symbolism called Slow Art. Arden was putting together an issue of The Brooklyn Rail about time and art, and, came to me for a perspective from the music world.

How can time manifest in performance, object, or environment? How, through the use of structure, can time be altered, shifted, transcended, and understood in our shared experience?

Of course, duration is not time.

Duration is relevant because I’m interested in glacial change that is beyond our perception, and that takes time.

It happened that I was in the midst of work on a talk for the Nief-Norf festival and conference about Minimalism to take place after a performance of The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D under Resonating Apparitions of The Eternal Process in The Midwinter Starfield, and I proposed adapting that talk for the issue.

The final text now appears in this month's issue, and it's called, simply, On Time.

You can read the full text here.


See Also:
Performances in Seattle and Hudson and a special cassette for Avant Media donors | news item | April, 2015
Wayward Music Series | event | April, 2015
Nief-Norf | event | June, 2017
The World Premiere of a major new work for Piano | news item | October, 2014
Recording The Four Pillars | news item | August, 2016
R. Andrew Lee is commissioning a new work, and Avant Media launches the next big phase | news item | August, 2014
The Four Pillars Appearing around the world | review | 2017