From the Maslanka Archive – No. 27, David on Composition and the Creative Process

From the Maslanka Archive features media and stories of David’s life and work. Did you work with David? Please consider contributing material.

It’s time for another edition of From the Maslanka Archive. We are actively building the Archive, but it won’t be ready for public viewing for a while. In the meantime, we wanted to show off some great items we’ve already collected.

We also wanted to inspire YOU to help grow the collection. We would love to feature you in an upcoming edition! Simply provide us with photos, video, audio, or stories of your time together and you may find them on the front page. 

This week, we are excited to feature an interview David gave to BizMontana on matters of composition and the creative process.

“Creative work doesn’t matter how you feel. It doesn’t matter if you feel good, bad, or indifferent. The music itself is not about self-expression. We think of self-expression as what? The expression of your personality, how you feel about things – that music has feelings and all that and this is what the artist is doing. No, that’s not what the artist is doing. It can be on a superficial level, yes. But what is happening through a person who does artwork is that a channel with deeper forces is being established. And that channel really does bypass all your feelings. I can come in here feeling terrible, like I don’t want to be here. I’ll be tired, I’ll be crabby, I could be annoyed, and then I can sit down and something is happening which is none of that, but which is its own thing.” – David Maslanka

Watch below as David gives his full remarks.

A very special thanks to BizMontana for sharing this interview with the David Maslanka Foundation.

Would you like to be featured in an upcoming edition of From the Maslanka Archive? It’s easy! Please send us anything you have (picture, audio, video, concert poster, concert program, correspondence with David, etc.) and we will feature you!

By |2020-07-03T19:00:46+00:002 July 2020|Composing, Featured, From the Maslanka Archive, Interview, Philosophy|