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too funny

click to enlarge. it’s worth it.

freud’s resistance to simple pleasures

Works of art exercise a powerful effect on me. I spend a long time before them trying to aprehend them in my own way, i.e. to explain to myself what their effect is due to. Wherever I cannot do this, as for instance with music, I am almost incapable of obtaining any pleasure.

— Freud, in Introduction to ‘The Moses of Michelangelo’

[Freud’s] turning-away, an act of will in the interest of self-defense. The more energetic and violent, the more emotional effects of music appeared undesirable to him. He became more and more convinced that he had to keep his reason unclouded and his emotions in abeyance. Such an avoidance of the emotional effect of melodies can sometimes be seen in people who feel endangered by the intensity of their feelings.

— Theodor Reik, The Haunting Melody

tragic and terrifying

It is reported by his wife and friends that Schubert had musical hallucinations. He heard “music that is so glorious, and with instruments sounding more wonderful than one ever hears on earth.”

He also suffered from mental disorders and in his final breakdown these hallucinations escaped his control. They overwhelmed him, descending first into “angelic”, then into “demonic” music and finally into a single “terrible” note: a high A, unbearable and impossible to escape.

— paraphrased from Oliver Sack’s Musicophilia.

in all things.

There’s music in the sighing of a reed;
There’s music in the gushing of a rill;
There’s music in all things, if men had ears.

Lord Byron, in Don Juan (canto XV, st. 5)

my favourite late night album.



this makes me happy in a melancholic way

Recorded in a church, and perfect in every way. Highlight: Working On A Building