Writings and Thinkings

Musical approaches and influences

The process of writing music is variable depending on many factors. It is very important for me to take into account the place where I write this music; in other words, as the Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset used to say, we are ourselves and our circumstances. Our circumstance, therefore, is decisive for our creation. I spent a year in Geneva, and I remember my music as a constant blue color with different shades of white ... when I went to Berlin, all Swiss peace turned into a yellow monster on the surface ... I discovered another abstract universe ... So much so, I believe that often my subconscious acts ahead of my conscious part… as Nietszche spoke in his writings on art and philosophy; „The will guides rationality… later balancing itself under the reflection of the established…".

My main source of inspiration lies in the colors and their combination. I'm not talking so much about pure synaesthetic relationships but rather about a mental abstraction between sound and image. The paintings by Gerhard Richter or Julie Mehretu are clear examples of this; where all the compendium of colors blend together creating a new concept of artistic creation. Also with the current metamodernist musical relationship between ourselves and the nature where we live, where artistic thought lives in the present of life and which seeks musical knowledge through the senses and openness towards a closer relationship between human beings and their psychological nature. This conception starts from a source of Greek inspiration, especially Tragedies, since it relates musical expressiveness with the corporal, which in my musical conception are closely related. I always remember, (and I put as an example), the version that I heard live at the Berlin Philharmonie of the 7th symphony by Bruckner and Simon Rattle conducting it. As is well known, Bruckner uses numerous silences as an empirical basis for his musical discourse; in this concert I remember that Simon Rattle perfectly molded these silences with expressive body gestures (not sound), which interrelated both discourses creating an organicity, in my opinion it is necessary to understand said music.

In general, my musical approach was reflected unconsciously, (which I later consciously understood), in the Maskarade that I made in 2020. As Antonio Damasio proposes in his (Looking for Spinoza), we can derive three expressive stimuli that totally affect our pathos: feeling, emotion and sensation. In my case, with their constant interpellation between all of them, seeking their differentiation for musical purposes, also towards the player's psychology to whom I write.

This is what truly inspires me to create music; the constant search towards total art. Gustav Mahler and Richard Wagner have already started the path in metamodernism and the total work of art mentioned above. The path is already marked and I think I know how I should go on… in my path undoubtedly percussion lies as the engine of the orchestration of my abstract universe, (and not only the piano as it was traditionally understood); and the artistic revolution coexists from expressive silences together with an unpredictability ethos until reaching unknown universes; that is, an exhaustive search for a new musical dynamism through our body and mind.

David Moliner
12/November
Berlin

Humanism in music

"One of the most beautiful phrases that a listener has said about my music is the ability to feel in a state of emotional catharsis to which it will never return unless it is heard again. Therefore, we, the composers start from an obvious premise: the communicative dialectic of the sound code itself is the necessary engine for the transmission of our message. Numerous scientific studies corroborate this; these analyzes affirm that the aforementioned visual interaction has a definite influence on the final sound result; between the conductor and an orchestra, between the musicians of a chamber formation, between the composer and the artistic director ... if we keep this statement in mind we can deduce that a musician who truly esteems music and values it as a noble and pure, must take into account the human value implicit in it, so it is their moral duty to act with human values towards musicians who perform their creative vision. As I write this review, a phrase resounds in my memory that one of my main professors, the French composer Pascal Dusapin assured in Geneva; "I treat musicians as if they were my children, the better I treat them, the better they respond to my music and consequently perform it better. The human treatment of closeness and warmth with those around me is essential for me, we benefit from all... ". Similar facts when I attended last week in Berlin, (with reason of my artistic composer residency), to the rehearsals of my mentor Jörg Widmann where he premiered his new work Labyrinth IV under the baton of Daniel Barenboim along with the Boulez Ensemble and where I could discover the high degree of esteem that the Berliners have to Widmann not only for his indisputable musical quality, but for his affable treatment towards them, creating a unique golden between them...

And that it is evident that we, the composers, have as one of our deepest aspirations the transcendental value of our artistic production; In my personal case and recognizing my youth as a composer, I am already assimilating the musical art not only as a way of transcendental communication between society and the artist, but as a moral value that not only affects the artistic virtue, but also the judgment human being that is implicit in it. Virtue that on the other hand leads us, the artists, to a way of inexorable rebellion against the masses; against the slavery of thought to which contemporary society advances with fervor; as a cultural force that helps to become aware, courage impulse to human beings through the power of the will, (as Schopenhauer would say). Behind it there is an obvious premise: art, whether we like it or not, is in itself an action of rebellion from the creation of a work to the public exhibition, through the production of the event. In this, the artist, producer, cultural manager and even the recipient implicitly have an insult to create, produce, present and admire.

But as Edward Said would say, humanism is the only form of rebellion we have against inhuman practices, which can also be applied to musical art; the creators and interpreters can decide to ride together towards this rebellion or not depending so much on the human treatment of the composer, director as of the interpreters themselves. Of the first if they manage to create an ideal environment for the second ones to feel unique and essential in their work of transmitting a sound ideal; and of the interpreters themselves because even though these are one of the most faithful professions, (always under the orders of a teacher), they can revolt at the stroke of unshakeable firmness and thus destroy batons, creative minds and so on, (as happened in social political context in the French and Industrial Revolution respectively).

So humanism is the most powerful social communion to feel valued in a given environment, whether social or in our case music. A simple dirty look of incomprehension, anger or contempt can make the sound change remarkably,..., to avoid this we must all work together a bond of communion and understand that music itself needs our deepest humanism for its full existence."

Idealism and entertainment

"The German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel says about music: music must elevate the soul above itself, create a region where, free of all anxiety, can take refuge without obstacles in the pure feeling of itself.

In fact realism and art do not belong together. Since from the social separation of art promoted at the end of the 19th century by the bourgeois revolution, art itself has become an escape route for the society in which it was created. It is not less nowadays, it increases remarkably, in a world in which entertainment prevails; in fact the difference between both has been increasing until now in which we find authentic musical calamities ....
So what is art? art is an action of rebellion, (from the creation of a work to the public exhibition, going through the production of the event). The artist, producer, cultural administrator and even the receiving public must have a minimum of idealism to create, produce, present and admire.
Why do I say that he is rebellious? Because art and culture make the human being develop a critical judgment, we can expand our mind to new horizons and have new patterns of sensitivity, in a few words it gives us freedom in many ways. This means that those of us who have the opportunity to see, create or spread the culture, we become more aware of our world, we can question life and propose new idealistic visions.
On the other hand, we have entertainment, which is understood as those activities related to leisure, events or actions that serve to distract and relax the mind. These may be related to artistic manifestations, sports, new technologies, etc ...

So, what is the difference between art and entertainment? Art makes us think and forget entertainment. Art makes us criticize the system in which we live, entertainment makes us admit the reality we want to impose. Therefore, any creator, (whether musician or not), must have a certain dose of idealism in his philosophical conception of the subject to which he is dedicated. Such idealism is necessary to open horizons and expand its aesthetic approach to the rest of humanity."

Visualization in music

"Sound is relative for each of us; the purpose that each composer wants to give about his message is very personal; if we analyze, however, the evolution of musical history until the 20th century, we observe a path where precision in musical notation is increasingly accurate and seeks a path in which the performers have a perfectly understandable code that speeds up the sound interpretation process. It happens the same with corporality, but the only difference is that the history evolution not only relate the musicians but also the public. If a certain composer needs the public to reach an optimum and objective degree of understanding his work, it is necessary to use visualization as an organic part of the work since only by hearing we cannot reach an objective message from it.
If we therefore understand that visualization is as important as sound itself, we will determine that music is no longer only sound physics, but also a corporal visual field.
This is the premise with which the school of instrumental corporality started. 

Perhaps some composers differ from such an aesthetic approach, because they may not seek such a conception of total art, but those who do look for it, (at least in Richard Wagner or in my own case), if we interrelate our musical message with the emotional one, (since our own thinking emotionally, our sound result must inevitably be, so music has an inevitable emotional component), we will come to shape an artistic universe in which for the first time if the material will have a clear and objective component for the public; (if we see a violinist crying tornly while performing a certain passage, the music will inevitably sound sad for public and vice versa; is clearly verified by scientific studies).

However, there are some obvious premises that must be remembered in order to preserve the sound autonomy of music: first, musical quality must preserve its firmness with respect to emotional conceptual genius and second, as is evident, the composers are dedicated mainly to sound treatment; to work with all these visual questions, it is important to create collaborations with other visual artists so that they can enrich our approach when it comes to artistic conception."

Since I got to know the world of Jean Tinguely

"Since I got to know the world of Jean Tinguely, I felt immediately attracted by its richness. His art has inspired me with great depth and also generosity. The eclecticity through which he seeks to deepen the dimension of the gesture with colours, movement and action of their own machines, have been, since I discovered Tinguely's masterpieces, a constant inspiration in my sound universe.

The relationship between the real and the ideal is also constant in Tinguely's universe and has made each of his works have a unique personality and perception, just like it happens in the music and drama of Richard Wagner. There are many of his works that deserve to be studied in depth, however if I had to choose one, I would choose Méta-Harmonie II. In this masterpiece, Tinguely relates the entire mechanical archetype to sound as a constant pattern as a determined ratio, establishing dialectical patterns on a small and large scale. The ability to seduce you and at the same time to make you question your own sound-visual reality is truly convincing and makes you feel in deep connection with your essence."

Estructura I-IV

Estructura I-IV are an evolutionary computation of my form concerns. Specifically, from an evolutionary-monothematic form (through a specific expressive melancholic joy motif), as happens in Estructura I, through a contemplative-monothematic form with psychological approaches- Estructura II, to propose binary forms with Estructura III and IV.

Specifically, Estructura III with a hyper-dynamic construction and Estructura IV with a large-scale form.

The reason for the structural development corresponds to the desire to continue the thematic approach that has given so many achievements to the history of music. I think especially of Beethoven and of works from his last period such as the first movement of his 9th symphony, where the will to unify both thematic characters reaches powerful levels of interaction.

In Estructuras, with my semantic exploration, I delve into their integration options in tandems based on intervallic interactions. Specifically in Estructura IV through the 6th m (distrustful joy), 2nd m / M (kind sadness) and semantic oxymorons from these intervals. The development of these intervallic semantic blocks as two themes has addictively interested me when searching for a form whose integration reaches timbral expressiveness yet explored in my musical production.

Cultural geography and artistic creation

The cultural root and their creative idiosyncrasy is a topic that is impossible to mix with our nationality. The fact that an artist is born in a determined place does not mean that he/she must make "music based explicitly on that country".

In fact, the inspiration of said person towards his origin is completely subjective, since the world and the feeling of it is subjective to each of us; we must not simplify the world! The visions of Maurice Ravel or Georges Bizet towards their country are an example of it; their French citizenship was so far beyond France!

This is the question that interests me as an artist born in Spain; how from Spain I can see and feel the different countries through which I traveled and worked; Germany, Austria, France, UK, Switzerland, China, USA... the cultural root is really an outward dynamic inspiration and not an endogenous starting point. I am not interested in what I already know, but in what I am constantly feeling from the unknown. I am attracted to other countries! I am more European than Spanish and I am a world citizen more than European! And how nice it would be to not have any nationality label in our passport! That's freedom!

As human beings, I try each day to accept complexity being exogenous as much as I can! Our sensoriality in full range is far beyond any possible language or nationality! I strongly believe nowadays it is any more possible to generalize an artist in words such as: "the Mediterranean", "the Spanish, "the German" or "the French...".