The Music Lesson

Monday I mentioned I'd created a comic largely inspired by music I've been enjoying (i.e. listening to obsessively) lately. In the earlier post, I called this music neo-classical/ambient, though honestly this doesn't really encompass the genre. Even its practitioners are at a loss as to how exactly to term it (except for Marcus Fischer, who's going around calling it "minimal grunge," and who should be ignored). But I think that's part of the allure of this kind of music: its difficulty to pin down. Relying on found sounds and field recordings, the actual musicality of the genre is often hard for the casual listener to discern, requiring the them to sink into the layers and layers of slowly enfolding, atmospheric sound and allow the patterns and rhythms to gently reveal themselves.

Atmosphere, rhythm, a slow reveal, and a preoccupation with the noises of nature--this is what I wanted to portray in my comic. As I said on Monday, I don't think it was an entirely successful endeavor. When one attempts to visually depict something as ethereal as music, they're bound to run into trouble (unless they happen to be Paul Klee or something) ( NOTE: I'm no Paul Klee). But still, there may be something worthwhile in the comic. Hope you enjoy it.

Without further ado, here it is (in all its unfinished glory): The Music Lesson.

As an added bonus, I've created a mix of music that will give you some idea as to what I was attempting to emulate. Hope you enjoy it: Minimal Grunge Mix (right-click to download).


1. Marcus Fischer - Shape To Shore

2. Clem Leek - Snow Tale #2

3. Solo Andata - Woods Flesh Bone

4. Seaworthy + Matt Rösner - Meroo Lake Pt. 2

5. Taylor Deupree - Rusted Oak

6. Balmorhea - Harm & Boon (Rafael Anton Irisarri Remix)

7. Peter Broderick - Floating/Sinking

8. Mountains - Bay

9. Seaworthy & Pollen Trio - Untitled 1

10. Peter Broderick & Machinefabriek - Rain


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