Wed. Nov. 14, 2018

Architecture, cooking, make up… music: less is more!

I’m pretty sure you’ve all experienced what’s known as saturation one day or another. Therefore havin’ the feeing that too much is too much. If not less is more, isn’t it?

What do sound (in terms of spectrum and treatment), make up, cooking, images and design (interior as exterior) have in common? Their conception, itself residing in a notion called the blend. Be it of colors, textures, material, ingredients, forms, contrasts and also perspectives. As many parameters due to most likely give birth to a masterpiece when properly put together. As to some average work if not a piece of sh.. when not! The problem on most cases coming from the fact that we all tend to add more of this or that to our respective works. When less would be enough, if not ironically… more at the end!

“The more stuff in it, the busier the work of art, the worse it is. More is less. Less is more. The eye is a menace to clear sight. The laying bare of oneself is obscene. Art begins with the getting rid of nature.” (Barbara Rose, ‘Art as Art: The Selected Writings of Ad Reinhardt’ Viking Press, 1975)

Expressing ourselves on Twitter is a pretty good example as it forces us to summarize our thought in a 140 character message including the blank spaces. And, as if it wasn’t enough, eventually the link to a video, a pic, not to mention a couple of hashtags…
I suppose the first impression we (all) have is that it’s simply not enough. But it’s a format in use there. And there’s no other alternative but yielding to it, huh? And the funny thing is that we end up managing doin’ so along with practice, don’t we?

That’s pretty much about the same when coming to write in a journalistic way. It’s most likely supposed to be more direct. With the use of paraphrases as opposed to litterature. And a format being slightly different between an article you would see in a newspaper and the same theme developed on a magazine. Not to mention a publication you would see on Internet. Simply coz’ the way to read it varies from a medium to another…
This reminds me of a conversation which I had years ago with British publication DJ head of Chris Mellor. This when I offered him to collaborate as a local correspondent. He just said to me how he appreciated the offer, although my English wasn’t fluid enough according to him. Something I would always keep in mind since. And even more since the launch of Indamixworldwide years ago…

Summarize things is never easy, such as when asked to do like an all time top#10 for instance! So many of us would pretty much find this almost impossible to do at first sight. But what would we ever do if, for major reasons, gotten into the obligation to only bring 10 things with us on a desert island?!? This leading us to the memorable “Less is more”.

Less is more!A concept brought up back in the 30’s by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe of the Bauhaus fame. A pioneer of modernist architecture, he designed many landmark buildings such as the Crown Hall in Chicago. But also the New York’s Seagram Building.
His philosophy eventually found further developments in American designer Buckminster Fuller‘s motto: “Doing more with less”. In other words, be you designing a website, a flyer, a house or anything else, remove the unnecessary. Do it as long as the design still functions at a 100% level and only keep the essential elements…

Going further way, it would be like subtracting until the edifice breaks, and/or doesn’t meet anymore the feeling you want the people you’re addressing yourself to to have. As a result, no need to come up with an extended version of a cut which doesn’t stand on its own. Soomething one could too frequently hear on these countless never ending loop-based tracks around. As many things which do not bring anything apart from polluting our environment, meanwhile getting people away from the essential.

Let’s not forget how, not so long ago, artists would achieve to deliver the Grail with 2:30 minute long songs, with the maxi singles initially intended to expand the feeling. Besides, let’s not neither forget how silence (white space, visually speakin’), break or dropdowns are vital. Just like when takin’ a necessary breathe to emphasize certain elements over others…

Like it or not, less is more, meanwhile too much will always be too much!

Editorials: Architecture, cooking, make up… music: less is more!

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502 bad gateway: facing the blind alley!
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