Franz MetamorphicaFranz Metamorphica: Contemporary Music Based on the Life and Writing of Friedrich Nietzsche is a CD scheduled for release in the Summer of 2007. It was developed through an intellectual and creative collaborative process between Wayne Borody and Kevin Smith. Along with Daniel Elzinga, Greg Foster, Natalie Wilson and Franscesca Brower, Borody and Smith created a collection of music that reflects a scholarly consideration of N's times, his writing and his impact.
"For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensible: intoxication. Intoxication must first have heightened the excitability of the entire machine: no art results before that happens. All kinds of intoxication, however different their origin, have the power to do this: above all, the intoxication of sexual excitement, the oldest and most primitive form of intoxication. Likewise the intoxication which comes in the train of all great desires, all strong emotions; the intoxication of feasting, of contest, of the brave deed, of victory, of all extreme agitation; the intoxication of cruelty; intoxication in destruction; intoxication under certain meteorological influences, for example the intoxication of spring; or under the influence of narcotics; finally the intoxication of the will, the intoxication of an overloaded and distended will. — The essence of intoxication is the feeling of plentitude and increased energy. From out of this feeling one gives to things, one compels them to take, one rapes them. Let us get rid of a prejudiced here: idealization does not consist, as is commonly believed, in a subtracting or deducting of the petty and secondary. A tremendous expulsion of the principal features rather is the decisive thing, so that thereupon the others too disappear.
~ F.N. (Twilight of the Idols)
Tom Red & General LettermanTom Red & General Letterman is a performance collaboration between Kevin Smith and Dermot Wilson. It involves new media, live music/live electronics and spoken word.
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