Intentionalism and the Arts

                                        Intentist Music

Intentist musicians are all interested in exploring intentionalism in their work.

Intentist musicians face these issues in a unique way. 

Music, like text is linear and narratorial.  However, music, like the visual arts can demonstrate palimpsestism. Chords and arrangements and arrangements by definition involve layering.

Below are two Intentist pieces. The first uses fuses three Sinatra recording together, the second is an original piece by Intentist band 'Remodel.'

Palimpsest Music

1. Frank Sinatra.

Sinatra recorded the Rodgers and Hammerstein American standard Soliloquy several times. The song is from the musical Caousel and concerns a young man comtemplating becoming a father. In this recording Sinatra's 1946 recording is at first blended into his 1963 interpretation, and then finally bleeded into his 1995 live rendition. Since the orchestration was kept the same, the result is poignant as the listener can hear the singer age as he sings about life and death. In fact, by 1946, Sinatra had just become a father, by 1965 Sinatra was a grandfather and by 1995 Sinatra was only a couple of years away from his own death. The Palimspsest art of layering to illustrate the creative trail is also manifest: as each version melts into the next, Sinatra's vocal interpretation has noticeably evolved.


  Frank Sinatra circa 1946



  Frank Sinatra circa 1965



  Frank Sinatra circa 1995

Please click here to listen: Sinatra's Soliloquy




2. British band Remodel



Remodel is one of Britain's fastest rising bands. Their song 'That Obscure Object Called Desire' has been recorded to demonstrate a band's intentional journey as the work changes and develops over time. The earliest version can be heard in the right speaker, the latest in the left. In the middle how they differ is easily noticeable. As in Sinatra's Soliloquy, the work is palimpsest as the versions are seamlessly bleeded into each other. Member's Portfolios