Right now I’m loading up my player with the following albums:
- Debussy’s La Mer
- Debussy’s Preludes
- Debussy’s Images
- NIN’s Ghosts I-IV
- NIN’s Still
- NIN’s The Fragile
I’m currently researching a piece on the musical similarities between Debussy & Trent Reznor. Right now, the beginnings of my research are a lot like when I set out to write the article on Salvador Dali’s stay in Caroline County. I have one big idea that I want to know more about, but I have no idea really what I want to accomplish.
One of the more difficult aspects I’ve run into is the music theory. I’m a blank slate when it comes to tonality or the sonority of the instrument or ways to manipulate sound to create aural atmosphere. I can read music (badly), I can tell a sharp from a flat, I can differentiate keys & how the way notes strung together are meant to be played. I know the difference between “largo” & “allegro”. & that’s about it; it’s pretty ABC. Anything else kind of makes my head hurt. (Though fiddle lessons might give me another way to understand.)
So, for now, while I struggle to build more info on top of my shaky basics, I’m just going to spend the weekend listening to the music & seeing what layman connections I can make that way. All things in time, I suppose, it’s not like my curiosity is going to go away that easily.