T1: MMT; Pt2: Pj1; ex 5 ii

Sample 4

This is a failed sample. The concept intrigues me, but the sample has failed to materialise.

I was worrying about ‘corners’ and ‘angles’. I know mathematically that an angle is a turn. I looked up in my faithful dictionary the definition of a corner, and then its etymology. It comes from the Latin that means ‘horn’. This then sent me off on a concept and ideas blitz:


For my sample I wanted to form a horn but it has ended up creating a form that has caused much mirth in this house for its non-intended phallic resemblance. Cover your eyes if you’re bashful. I have tried twisting it to make a more curved horn which has invited winces of pain sound effects. However, this game is about sharing successes and failures. I had not intended to create a phallic form. I had intended to create a form that re-materialised the origin of the word ‘corner’ and played on the sayings ‘stuck in a corner’.


Even though the sample is hysterical and not working on so many levels, the unearthed etymology still holds my interest:


I am yearning for the holiday, for completing sample 5 and developing the scale of this project and the weight of this project through welding steel and combining non-traditional materials.

Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to Art.

Charlie Parker

4 thoughts on “T1: MMT; Pt2: Pj1; ex 5 ii

  1. Can’t be classified as a ‘failed sample’ if it unearthed this etymology, linked in to Charlie Parker and made the family laugh… Looking forward to your next steps on this. Bring on the welder.


  2. We’re wired for anthropomorphism in interpreting form and behaviour. I recently inadvertently described part of a form as a shaft (intended “shard”), then couldn’t figure how to edit it out. I’ve been trying to find a life drawing class – since we seem to go that way anyway.

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