Nothing better than that feeling of anticipation of bouncing back from a depression. I can feel it, everything begins to glow with an inner brilliance, and all ideas have long threads holding them together and you can follow one and get to the next and the paths between them are surprising and wonderful.
Josh mentioned Erik Satie at lunch today. Erik Satie's my Google name friend... he always comes up first when I search, and I do, for erik. Immediately, I feel the bond between us. We share a google results page. We spell our names the same. And then for the first time I actually click on the link and find out who he is. He talks like this:
From the very beginning of my career I class myself a phonometrographer. My work is completely phonometrical. Take my Fils des Étoiles, or my Morceaux en forme de Poire, my En habit de Cheval or my Sarabandes - it is evident that musical ideas played no part whatsoever in their composition. Science is the dominating factor.
Besides, I enjoy measuring a sound much more than hearing it. With my phonometer in my hand, I work happily and with confidence.
What haven't I weighed or measured? I've done all Beethoven, all Verdi, etc. It's fascinating.
The first time I used a phonoscope, I examined a B flat of medium size. I can assure you that I have never seen anything so revolting. I called in my man to show it to him.
On my phono-scales a common or garden F sharp registered 93 kilos. It came out of a fat tenor whom I also weighed.
Do you know how to clean sounds? It's a filthy business. Stretching them out is cleaner; indexing them is a meticulous task and needs good eyesight. Here, we are in the realm of pyrophony.
To write my Pièces Froides, I used a caleidophone recorder. It took seven minutes. I called in my man to let him hear them.
I think I can say that phonology is superior to music. There's more variety in it. The financial return is greater, too. I owe my fortune to it.
At all events, with a motodynamophone, even a rather inexperienced phonometrologist can easily note down more sounds that the most skilled musician in the same time, using the same amount of effort. This is how I have been able to write so much.
And so the future lies with philophony.
Can this be true? He enjoys measuring a sound more than hearing it? And did he say, "And so the future lies with philophony"? We are brothers! Josh also mentioned something about him (or maybe his friends) creating plans to build a cork bridge between Paris and New York, but I couldn't find anything about that. And he also started a church? Lovely! I just bought a few of his albums of the Internet.
Who are your Google name friends?