22nd of May 2015

Why choose Koener?

Layard writes “One of the most enjoyable forms of aroused experience is when you are so engrossed in something that you lose yourself in it.”[i] When I am composing and in flow it is the closest thing to deep altered state of consciousness I have ever experienced (with the added bonus of no aggression or paranoia). What better reason then to use Koener's paintings as objects of inspiration and muse, as to me they express a deep feeling of spirituality and unreserved joy. I am very interested in the emotionally transformative effect that music can have on a person and if I am able to create music that can convey in a similar manner the joy that Koener has captured in her work, then this would be its own reward.

Today I experimented with the development and expansion of the day 2 and 3 motives by combining them and by and trying out different variations and possible entry points, as shown below in figure 4.1.

Figure 4.1: example development of day 2 and 3 motives 


[i] Richard Layard, “Happiness: lessons from a new science” (London: Penguin, 2005): 22.



AuthorKatherine Rawlings