Tuesday, September 4


Any art is a somewhat form of partial plagiarism, whether its photography, music, languages, cooking, drawing, drawing comics and such man made expressions of emoness or the lack of it. The format of growth from an amateur to artisan in any genre of usually follows a tried and true path. And in a succinct timeline:

1) Pick an art genre
2) Learn by copying other people’s style and form
3) Reverse engineer the plagiarized style and form
4) Now having a pool of plagiarized style and form, you transmutate your collection by hand picking the best ideas and glueing them together with nose dung to form your ‘own’ style and form. Part 4 is when art is truly art.
5) Rinse and repeat!

This then brings us to the legitimate labeling of any production or reproduction as an art piece. What irks me is the mountainous amount of credit that is given to orchestral performances that with great precision, replicate the works of past composers. If that is so, it's just replication not art. At least plagarism has some form of manipulation of the initial idea.

I’d rather pay RM50 to see a creative child slam on the piano keys who says that he or she is trying to mimic the steps of dinosaurs walking then a 100 piece strong orchestra that just gives me another same old rendition of Mozart’s music.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe in the integrity of the education in classical music and its various technical teachings. But to me such education equips you further to be able to translate your inner creativity into a tangible form of expression and not full stop by the time you reach grade 8.

I also question the high society vibe that is being induced in orchestral performances. You know the need to wear coats, gowns and a I’m so cultured going for this gait. Is there really a need for such pretense in such a setting?

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