Ludic yugen: Aesthetic as method in the art of recording
Yugen is a concept from Japanese aesthetics, related primarily to poetry and theatre. It is an aesthetic quality; an ideal. Yugen springs from Zen thought, which, in turn, can be traced to the collision of Buddhist scriptures with Taoist philosophy.
‘Ludic yugen’ is my designation for a set of artistic methods, which relate to the aesthetic of yugen in a playful way. Essentially we are updating the yugen aesthetic for the present age, by partaking of Suzuki’s prescription for the employment of ‘speed, technology and diversity’ in artistic practice. It is the ‘ludic’, the playful, which contemporises the aesthetic and results in the methods we call ‘ludic yugen’.
There are three major questions that encompass the research practice:
What are the qualities of the yugen aesthetic?
How is the aesthetic of yugen translated into the methods of ‘ludic yugen’?
How can the methods of ‘ludic yugen’ be applied in the studio practice of the art of recording?