Tuesday, March 15, 2016

let's get this right for a change...

here is the wikipedia site for "lowercase music":


Originally coined by minimal artist Steve Rodenlowercase is an extreme form of ambient minimalism where very quiet, usually unheard, sounds are amplified to extreme levels. (It is a common misconception that lowercase music primarily consists of lengthy silences.) Roden popularized the movement with an album entitled Forms of Paper, in which he made recordings of himself handling paper in various ways. These recordings were commissioned by theHollywood branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.

Steve Roden stated this about the lowercase tendencies in which he began to develop in his later works: “ It bears a certain sense of quiet and humility; it doesn't demand attention, it must be discovered... It’s the opposite of capital letters—loud things which draw attention to themselves.” Many artists have contributed to the lowercase movement, including Kim CasconeTetsu InoueBhob RaineyRichard Chartier, and Bernhard Günter.

Some of the labels that publish lowercase music are Trente Oiseaux12k, and Raster-Noton, which features composer Ryuichi Sakamoto in collaboration with Carsten Nicolai, a.k.a. Alva Noto.

here is how it should be: 

Originally coined by minimal artist Steve Rodenlowercase is not an extreme form of ambient minimalism, but it tends to be very quiet, where sounds usually unheard are amplified to reveal minimal characteristics of sound that would otherwise to hear. a common misconception is that lowercase music primarily consists of lengthy silences - which can happen, but are not necessarily a characteristic of all lowercase music. Roden popularized the movement with an album entitled Forms of Paper, in which he made recordings with contact microphones while handling a book's pages in various ways. The resulting recordings were used in a sound installation, commissioned by the Hollywood branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.

Roden began to think about lowercase as a stance or manifesto as an alternative to the noise one hears in almost every facet of public life. Roden uses the ideas of lowercase not only in relation to music or sound, but to attempt to live and work with a sense of quiet and humility. The ideas surrounding Lowercase were inspired by this passage in Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet. 

"if you will cling to nature, to the simple in nature, to the little things that hardly anyone sees, and that can so unexpectedly become big and beyond measuring; if you have this love of inconsiderable things and seek quite simply, as one who serves, to win the confidence of what seems poor: then everything will come easier, more coherent and somehow more conciliatory for you".

Lowercase does not demand attention, it has to be discovered... It’s the opposite of capital letters.” Many artists have contributed to the lowercase movement. Some of the labels that publish lowercase music are Trente Oiseaux, 12k, and Raster-Noton.

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