I find Mr. Maslanka's explanation of composing music very interesting. I always thought that composing music is like writing a book. An author always has complete control over his material, but, a composer, according to Mr. Maslanka, acts like an assistant to a "deeper force." Music has complete complete control over the composer, telling the composer how it should sound and makes revisions to more accurately express how the it wants to shape itself.
I love how Maslanka discovers his music through daily activities. Music has never been something that feels forced, it feels vibrant and free. The best ideas come to us when we are at our happiest and relaxed, like how Maslanka finds inspiration through simply walking. Music represents a feeling experienced in life so I definitely agree with the composer that just living life will offer the most inspiration for the depths of each musical composition.
I think it is interesting how Maslanka thinks of the music he composes as entirely separate from his emotions. I think the more common point of view is that music, like most other forms of art, is a way for the artist to express themselves.
I enjoyed his how he described how his ideas would be floating around his head and would fall into place as time went on. I also liked how he described himself asked higher powers for help in his musical development.
While watching the video, I was taken aback by the amount of time that Mr. Maslanka spends on his music before he ever picks up a writing utensil. I was impressed by his mention of the copious amount of reading he does simply in order to gain a "broader understanding" that, coupled with his personal experiences, eventually works its way into his music. Aside from this, I also enjoyed hearing about the ways in which he deals with being "stuck." The great film director Quentin Tarantino famously said that he spends hours in his pool while crafting a screenplay, and hearing Mr. Maslanka's comparatively simple antidote for writer's block was interesting.
I like that Maslanka is influenced by subjects other than music such as history and religion, and I also enjoyed his definition of being stuck, mainly that it isn't just a bad idea. It is often a good idea, it just isn't ready to be finished yet, and will often come out of the blue.
Although Maslanka mentioned that music requires a lot of patience, I am impressed with the amount of patience that he has to compose his music. I agreed when Maslanka said that he would sometimes have a thought in his head or an idea, but it would take him some time to figure out how to execute it. He mentioned taking long walks while meditating would help him release those ideas.
I agree with Evan in many aspects of his comment. Its amazing because you hear of how for many people it just comes up while theyre experimenting randomly, and it just hits them. but Maslanka takes his time and waits to figure it all out before finally writing the music
Maslanka's explanation of how he composes music was very interesting. I noticed that he uses strategies that most of us use to de-stress, like going for walks and meditating. It sounds like he prays while he's trying to come up with ideas- he said that he asks "the forces" to show him what to do. I thought it was interesting how Maslanka personifies his ideas- he talks about how they will manifest themselves when they are ready. I thought it was fascinating that Maslanka, without a doubt, believes he was born with the gift to compose music. It was also reassuring to hear an accomplished composer say that he gets "stuck" fairly often just like the rest of us. :)
I was surprised when Maslanka said how long it took him to finish composing a piece of music. I had never considered the amount of time that went into creating a piece before, now I have a newfound respect for composers.
"Just show up" is a very good motto, and Maslanka is right when he says that self expression and creativity don't care if you're sad or happy, angry or upset. Expression, in the form or music, art, etc. is something stumbled upon and only requires that you want to express something.
I thought that it was interesting how much time he takes to compose. I was surprised when he said that sometimes it could take him several months to compose one symphony. It was interesting how long walks help him concentrate and I overall was impressed with his level of patience as a person and a composer.
As stated earlier, for such a calm and serene personality, Mr. Maslanka has a lot to say about how his bold creative processes work. Of his many analogies, I particularly liked the one about being stuck - "Stuck often means that the ideas are there, but the ideas are not fully ready to be brought forward yet." It's interesting to compare the dichotomy between something like writer's block when writing a paper, to composing music; its the equivalent of having an idea or melody "on the tip of your tongue" - which for me, was very interesting to think about. It's rare that when playing a piece, you think about the emotions and thoughts embedded by the composer into each measure and phrase. It's something I'd certainly never thought of.
I found Maslanka's approach towards music to be very unique. How composing is more than just placing notes on a page. It requires pieces to coexist well with one another to form beautiful harmony yet a powerful contrast.
I thought that it was interesting how he said that the rhythms and inspiration often come when he's relaxed and that he doesn't try to control the direction the music is going in. He just lets it take its own path almost like he's just an observer.
I was amazed by how he said the ideas for his music would just sit in the back of his mind for a long time before they really developed for him and turned into something he could work with. I always thought of people sitting down and forcing themselves to write music, but he just waits for an idea to show itself to him and he goes from there.
I think its interesting how Maslanka uses history and philosophy to get a better understanding of the world and then uses that understanding to create the peices that he does. He takes his inspiration from the world around him and that amazes me because i could never imagine just randomly thinking of one rhythm and them composing an entire piece based of that rhythm
It really struck me how he distinguished between writing music (or creating any art) and self-expression/feeling. I've thought that at least some music was a sort of expression of one's own feelings of awe, inspiration, joy, fear, despair, longing, and so on. It's very interesting to me how he described his own process more as an internal channel that motivates creation regardless of his own feelings at any given moment.
I thought it was crazy how long he spends composing his pieces and that he doesn't even identify with his own music. Also, they need to get a better microphone.
I found it interesting how Maslanka uses daily activities such as walking as ways to discover different rhythms and inspiration for his work, especially because I feel that typically people use daily activities as a distraction from their own jobs, lives, etc.
I think its very interesting how Maslanka too can ask for help when he knows he needs it. I think that is something many of us need but often are too afraid to ask for it. Feelings and emotions are things that we need to embrace more and not suppress because great things can come from it.
I enjoyed watching the video and observing the difference between Manslanka's personality and his music. While Manslanka is quiet and tends to enjoy activities such as reading, his music demonstrates power. This contrast shows how music truly comes from inside a person and can help them express how they are/feel. Music helps people to express themselves and Manslanka is a prime demonstration of this.
I think it is very interesting that, like Liam said, he does not seem to identify with his own music. It seems that as opposed to creating his music, he is just a channel for which the music can come from somewhere else to be expressed and written out. I had never thought about music that way. I agree that he needs a better microphone.
As someone who is not familiar with much of what is involved in composing, I was surprised by a few things Maslanka said. I was previously unaware of just how long it takes to compose a complete symphony. However considering the creative process and how many pieces need to be created in tandem it does make sense. After seeing this I have gained respect for the people who have the dedication to focus on one piece of music for months, until they create a final product they are satisfied with.
Like you said in class, Manslanka is very different in in personality/appearance compared to his powerful music. Manslanka being a peaceful/quiet man and his music. He uses his very average everyday activities to produce profound and extraordinary music.
I agree with what Nicole said, and I have a deeper understanding of how much effort it actually takes to compose a symphony, and a greater appreciation for the amount of time and energy that is put into producing a full musical arrangement. I also found it fascinating the level of patience Maslanka had with his music, and how he defines music as a purely an art form; he almost personifies music writing as process that takes place on its own, and he is the instrument that shares the music with the world. Before watching this video, I thought of composing as a much more calculated system, with direction, and control by the composer, and Maslanka presents it as quite the opposite.
One of my favorite lines of this video is when Maslanka describes how he writes the music how the music wants to be written, regardless of how he feels the piece should be. It's like he's saying the music has a mind of its own, and he's the scribe putting it on paper for everyone to read. It's a lovely way of putting it and I felt like it was relatable in the sense that our own ideas and creations become what they want to be, not what we think they should.
Two things in particular stood out to me. The first was Maslanka's statement of if you're not there to work, you cannot get anything done. Though it connects with every part of our lives, I think his connection of this principle to composing can transfer to us as musicians. If we can just come to play, we can create beautiful music. Secondly, his comment that creative thought doesn't care how you feel also can help us become better performers. As musicians, we can have a terrible day but we still have to play with the same energy as we would if we had the best day of our lives.
I think it's very interesting to analyze his approaches to creating music pieces that I thought sounded more like he was painting a picture. He stresses the point of not forcing the piece to be written. But rather to participate in other activities such as walking and taking showers to become inspired and creative enough to even begin to compose. I think that's an important life lesson to keep in mind in general that you need to keep calm in order to weather the storm
I really like how committed Maslanka is to letting his musical ideas come naturally. I found it interesting the emphasis Maslanka put on reading things not related to music, taking walks, and letting his musical ideas mature into song, all instead of forcing out music.
I think it's very interesting how David Maslanka describes composing music as something far greater than simply sitting down and writing notes on a page, like a book. He even describes his work as something greater than himself. Despite the fact that Maslanka pours himself into his work, channeling his knowledge and views of the world into his compositions, he believes that this evidence of self expression in his creations is merely superficial. His compositions transcend far beyond himself and his perspective, and they carry much more meaning than simple notes on a page can indicate.
I thought that Manslanka's repetition of the importance of long walks is very interesting. It is self evident that he values this time alone in order to allow his work to flourish and to connect different aspects of a piece. I think that this is something that all of us can use, even though not many of us are writing music, in our busy lives it is often difficult to find time to go into nature and self reflect and meditate like he does. However, we can see that at least to him there were many benefits so maybe we should all try it more often.
Maslanka mentioned that many times he would have ideas when he is in a relaxed state such as in the shower. I find this to be true with myself. When in a relaxed state I find it much easier to focus on a certain topic and mold a opinion, answer, or idea. One thought can grow into a song when given the time and effort and Maslanka have proven that this is a successful technique when composing.
I was intrigued by his method of writing music, how he can get an idea and not know how to use it until days later. I think it's important because it shows that there are rough patches in everything, whether it's writing music or a simpler task. He doesn't force it onto the staff, he waits for it to be as perfect as t can until it's completely finished.
I thought it was very interesting how his diction was related to his description of a connection to a deeper power when composing. He doesn't seem very excited or clear when he's talking about his composing, because he can't really describe how he composes - being in that experience seems partly beyond his own comprehension.
Personally I find this interview with Maslanka rather intriguing. He discusses how his ideas for compositions are formed, saying not only that he doesn't truly know from where it came, but also that each melody or rhythm may take a great deal of time to fully mature and tends to do so during perfunctory and/or relaxing tasks. I also find his manerisms and speech patterns interesting, as they tend to contradict his music (specifically the piece we are playing). He tends to speak softly with very little variation in tone as well as making small (almost awkward at points, however this could be prevoked by an interview setting?) motions throughout the interview, which is a stark contrast to the powerful nature of the beginning of Illumination.
I was fairly surprised at how quiet this composer seemed when he talked about his composing process. It really puts him in stark contrast to his music, which I have seen as loud and exciting.
The true nature of original and groundbreaking music is to take your inspiration of the real world. If you take ideas from other works then your music is not truly unique.
I found it interesting how the music kind of drives him in his composition. He's very driven by what the theme wants to be, not what he wants it to be. He's not really him writing it, he's just transferring it to paper. I couldn't really hear some of it though.
I really like how he puts all aspects of his life or as he says it, his understanding of life, into his music. I also find it interesting that he says when composing the music he sometimes has no idea where he is going with it. Whenever I think about composing music the idea of it is very daunting and it is reassuring that an expert sometimes doesn't even know what he's doing.
I think that Maslanka is a great music composer because his muses are not only other music. History and Religion(s). This really can give more emotion to the pieces because his ideas aren't just focused on others ideas and sounds, but knowledge and experience. His ideas are developed and, I guess you could say, brewed for a while instead of just being jotted down spontaneously. Him being stuck isn't a curse because he knows that the basis' are there for excellence and creation but they haven't quite came and showed themselves to be full and ready.
I found it interesting how he said that composing music has nothing to do with how you feel. I think that many other forms of art have to do with how you feel in some aspect so I was surprised when he said that composing did not. I also found it interesting how he will think of new ideas for a piece of music while taking a walk or doing something else besides focusing on music, which I think shows how committed he is to composing.
I found it interesting how Maslanka explains that the music is separate from what the composer is feeling. He said that the piece itself is its own thing and that the composer's emotions don't necessarily have an effect on it, which is surprising to me.
I thought it was interesting how he believed that an idea can be stuck, existing in his mind, but not ready to be put on paper yet. He also mentioned that an idea needs to speak for itself, and he continuously expresses that the music goes where it wants to go, rather than it being dictated by a composer. It seems as if he almost views himself as more of a translator for the music, rather than a creator of the music.
I found it interesting how he was such a quiet conserved guy with his music being so loud and crazy.
It seems as though Maslanka is the Michelangelo of music. He does not create the music it comes to him and he simply gives it a voice.
I found it really interesting how his ideas for his music would just show up at random times when he wasn't really thinking about writing music at the time. I also thought it was really cool how he views his individual pieces of music as part of a bigger picture/they're all connected.
I also really liked his definition of being stuck, that's defiantly something which I'll remember.
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