Writings about Music

Jaded Juggernauts

This is essentially a conversation about Language and Image in music. Comparisons between contemporaries Brahms and Wagner come to mind. Paradoxically, music focusing on Language may create an Image, and music focusing on Image may develop a Language too.

Those “electroacoustic” juggernauts (I prefer “rock” because its more colorful, authentic, and expressive rather than academic), Led Zeppelin, were spawned by the innovations of Cream. However, Led Zeppelin’s Language moved in a different direction from the beginning, developing a different vision of Image, too, on the way to creating their masterpieces.

One of many extraordinary aspects of Indian ragas is how they commence with Image and gradually turn towards labyrinthine explorations of Language.

If it sounds good, do it, and let it be.

Gangadhara is closer to Image:


Hummingbird Canyon presents Language happening to paint Image too.


Natabhairavi straddles both worlds simultaneously.


- Michael Robinson, July 2016, Los Angeles


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Michael Robinson is a Los Angeles-based composer and writer (musicologist).