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Queer Theory and Aspects of Universalism in The Gacela of The Dark Death Suite.

Later this evening I will be in Fish Hoek for one of the final rehearsals for the Gacela of the Dark Death; A coastal village tucked away at the eastern end of the False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula in Western Cape. I can spot it each morning from my own veranda. The drive from Somerset West to Fish Hoek is exceptionally breathtaking. To one

Queer Theory and Aspects of Universalism in The Gacela of The Dark Death Suite.2020-11-22T08:47:19+00:00

A Post-human Kyrie

About a month ago I came across a meme suggesting that veganism was part of a conspiracy to pervert human DNA with the unfortunate result that Christians would have their rights to salvation revoked on the basis that a tortuous transformation of their genes would leave them no longer human. Of course, the very notion is incongruent with the Biblical narrative. Humanity is apparently a

A Post-human Kyrie2020-09-15T20:07:48+00:00

Essentialist Theory and the Sonata

     According to the 18th century philosopher, Francis Hutcheson, beauty is that which is uniform, i.e. ‘common’, where as what we perceive as ugly is part of variation from the norm of beauty. Said simply, what is less and less common from the norm takes more work to establish as beautiful. These arguments were laid out in 1725 in his treatise ‘Inquiry into the

Essentialist Theory and the Sonata2020-07-07T06:51:22+00:00

A Tonic by any other Name Would Sound Just as Sweet: Deceptive Functions in the Opening of Tristan Und Isolde and a criticism of Roman numeral analysis.

  Monuments could be erected as totemic antipodes, polarizing the specters of theoretical discourse that engaged the attempt of a context in which to bear  light within the vessel of 16 brief, insouciantly passing  measures of music. 16 measures, that, hypothetically contained a hidden strand of harmonic species that would disrupt the way we experienced and analyzed music. 16 measures that ostensibly eroded that stratum

A Tonic by any other Name Would Sound Just as Sweet: Deceptive Functions in the Opening of Tristan Und Isolde and a criticism of Roman numeral analysis.2020-04-13T13:36:55+00:00

In The Beginning there was Mayuzumi… and it was good.

As Max landed on the island of the Wild Things, he was thrust into a curious world of similarity masked as a frightening reflection of his own cultural phobias; When he became king, those similarities revealed a more global, more spiritual sense of unity that transcended species. It was a magical island of fantasy, where order was found amidst the darkened streams of chaos. The

In The Beginning there was Mayuzumi… and it was good.2020-06-02T07:59:26+00:00

VOX in the Dark: Evolution; The Gregorian rite and Charles Darwin.

  A summer afternoon started with the informal visit to the distinguished South African composer, Peter Klatzow at his rose-bed-ensconced home in the university-active suburb of Rondebosch, his lounge riddled with towers of stacked music scores and books spread across the intellectually cultivated landscape of his 1970s Kawai piano;  An impression of the bustling skyline of downtown Cape Town itself, in miniature form. Peter was

VOX in the Dark: Evolution; The Gregorian rite and Charles Darwin.2020-03-02T12:33:39+00:00

The 2020 Purpur Festival of Transgressive Arts in review.

A few days before the event, I was invited to the sixth edition of the Purpur Festival for Transgressive Arts by one of its founding members, the Cape Town-based avant-garde composer, Pierre-Henri Wicomb . Not an axiomatic title for a felicitous feline fraternity, the event itself was a cogent if syncretistic ennobling of a patently taut coterie of artistic talents.   Ensconced between the bumbling

The 2020 Purpur Festival of Transgressive Arts in review.2020-03-02T13:02:58+00:00

Oops, there goes another kitten. Forbidden parallels in the chorales of J.S. Bach

If you were ever a student of music theory at any point in your life, you have no doubt encountered the prohibition against parallel fifths. If you were a student of music in the last 20 years, you have no doubt heard or seen some variation of this parody: . However, no matter when it was that you were a student, chances are that the

Oops, there goes another kitten. Forbidden parallels in the chorales of J.S. Bach2020-01-18T11:56:51+00:00

The German Invasion of the 60’s(of the Eighth Century)

"The Germans invented music. Everything else prior was tuning up." I often, and only half-jokingly, assert this statement whenever the topic of German music comes up. As if there was ever a time where the Germans were not heavily involved in the evolution and distribution of music. Ein Deutsches Requiem? No, just Brahms' Requiem will suffice. ask a room full of people to name their

The German Invasion of the 60’s(of the Eighth Century)2020-01-17T23:40:44+00:00

Undergoing Maintenance.

In recently trying to edit and reorganize the ideas of my theoretical articles from 2019, I found them to be too unfocused and un-encompassing to be of any value for readers of interest, or me personally. I have therefore decided to withdraw them from the site in order to break them into their constituent ideas and reassemble them into a more practical, relevant and palatable

Undergoing Maintenance.2020-01-16T08:58:45+00:00
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