Useless (youngwilliam) wrote,

I Have Legalized Robbery; Called it 'Belief'

Have I mentioned Borders' online used media-store? Today at work, I was listening to a Dire Straits tape of mine and it finally gave up the ghost. Annoyingly, if the tape was the type that was held together by little screws (instead of being glued together), I could've fixed it -- you know the little springy metal bridge, and the bit of felt that keeps the tape flush against the tape-head? The bit of felt came off of the springy metal bridge. If I could open it up easily, it's no problem just gluing the felt back on. I've done it many times before. With the tape's case being a glued-shut version, though, I'd have to pry it open with a nail file and a flathead screwdriver or a knife or something, and hope that it decided to break along the glue-band instead of across the actual case.

Anyway! Through the good graces of Borders Used Marketplace, getting it on CD is no big whoop.

Brothers in Arms $2.09
Subtotal $2.09
Shipping & Handling 2.99
Total $5.08

Ayep. $2 pre-shipping, $5 post-shipping, for a CD that (based on the dozen or so CDs I've ordered through this setup) is all but brand spanking new. The "worst" quality of CD I've gotten through them so far had a fingerprint on it, and that was it. And since they're offering used stuff, one can get things that says, "Sorry, not made anymore" (like say.. David Byrne's "Feelings" or Michael Penn's "Resigned")

On another note, someone recently had mentioned Un Chien Andalou, to which someone else replied with a summary of, "it's about cutting someone's eyeball open and then a girl gets raped or something."


Yeah, I didn't feel like trying to explain how it's a surrealist film, so it isn't really about anything in a manner of speaking, since it wasn't my comment thread. Still, it got me to wondering just what does define surrealism, since I've never actually sat down and taken any Art Theory courses. As far as I can tell, it works out a bit like this.

Dada is, as I'll point out at the drop of a hat, not so much an art movement/style as a meta-movement/style. Folks were getting sick of other folks saying that X isn't art or Y isn't art, so they started to whip up things that seemed to meet whatever criteria other folks wanted to have define art, but in the stupidest way possible. If folks say, "Well, art requires taking somethings and combining them", they'd glue fur to a teacup and say, "There! Does that work as art?" The gist of Dada is like the thwomp upside the head to induce a satori -- neither the thwomp nor the Dada art is really important, but more the train of thought that it might bring about, and the letting go of expectations.

Surrealism isn't Dada, though. Surrealism seems to be, as far as I can tell, more about what the work can imply than what the work is. Y'ever look through Amphigorey, or some other Gorey book that has 'The West Wing' in it? The West Wing is (REALLY COOL!) a good example of surrealism, as far as I can tell, even if Mssr. Gorey didn't intend for it to be so. It's basically lots of still-life scenes in an unoccupied house. With one, it's generally normal room, save for the large body-shaped stain on one wall. Another is a scene where you can see one end of a thin-legged table, with a massive boulder on top of it. What's cool isn't so much what's being shown as being in the present in the rooms, but instead what may have lead up to it, and what might come of it. The point of surrealism (again, as far as I can currently deduce) is to present some unimportant things to the audience, so they can think about the un-presented things that relate to what has been presented. If I'm right, one could say a radio play is, in a way, surreal, since it's trying to make you think about what's going on in the scenes by just presenting the sounds.

Mind, when I started to poke around other art styles to try to get a gist of what surrealism isn't, I also decided that expressionism is "The scene, with more". One could say many comic strips are expressionistic, since they have idea-bulbs over folks' heads, motion lines, et cetera. And impressionism is a representation of not the scene, but what one might remember the scene as being (with all the faults and foibles that come with memory).
Tags: etymology, le musique
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