r. murray schafer

While driving back from Stratford, Eye of The Tiger came on the radio and it occurred to me I never before heard the entire song. It was as unredeemable as one might assume. In R. Murray Shafer’s book The Thinking Ear, a lot of great inspiring ideas. Like how pointless it is to judge music or call anything good vs. bad. Best part so far when he gave students an exercise to try and find silence, that should keep them busy. I heard silence once, in Iqaluit. Only in the midst of it did I realize I never knew it. It is like seeing a new colour, feeling a new feeling, not something words in sentences can reveal.

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