Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Reduction in Jazz and Painting

Picasso: Three Musicians
A jazz elder and an art critic compare blue notes…

Jazz Elder: Jazz is about simplifying. Play a bunch of notes, take out the ones you don’t need. Just leave the pretty ones. That’s what Miles said.

Art Critic: Like an artist simplifies all the clutter in a scene to its essentials, a few lines, a few colors. That’s what Pablo said.

Jazz Elder: And twelve basic notes can generate an infinite number of sounds.

Art Critic: A few lines can suggest an infinite number of shapes and three primary colors can generate millions of shades.

A parallel conversation. Both saying the same thing. Quoting their gurus. Reaching the same conclusion. Manifestum est reductionem.

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