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Ray Dansky


POOLcast 019 - Ray Dansky

The second half of the second year for POOLcast. Every month a new piece of art by a different artist, from all over world. A challenging task in every aspect, from the artwork, over the mastering to this text. But that's how it is. Art should be challenging, right?

This time it’s Ray Dansky’s turn. Member of the inner circle and part of PLO. Seems like decades as he started making music and he is a perfect example to show which challenges exist in art. There are two types of challenges and both are part of a causal chain. Type one prompts the beholder. In the simplest case by just to listen, read or view the piece of art. Ideally to think about the art and in the most desirable case to act caused by the work of art. All three points have in common that they are results of decisions. Decisions - the second link in the causal chain. Decisions are also the foundation for making art. To make decisions is the other kind of challenges - the challenge for the artist. All starts with the decisions made by the artist, this leads to the challenge of the artist, to the challenge of the beholder and finally to a decision made by the beholder. A causal chain. Don’t mix up cause and effect, don’t try to be artist and beholder simultaneously. If you as artists try to master both challenges at the same time, it becomes more difficult to see yourself as an artist.

Easy said, right. As many others also Ray faces both types of challenges. On the one hand his style is what i describe as two-sided emotionally experimental music with excerpts of minimal beats or how i like to call it ‘anti-grooves’ - challenging. On the other hand he also facing the challenge with himself. “What is possible, how far can i go, what is my work of art and can I dare to challenge the listeners”. No doubt he can - he should.

Challenge accepted.