In the Swedish film As It Is In Heaven, a famous music composer returns to his hometown and sequesters himself away over a piano to write.
There’s a great moment where he describes music composition. “Music is everywhere,” he says. “You have to listen to be able to take it down.”
To be able to “take it down”.
We, the artists, are not builders. We’re translators.
Artists are the intermediaries between imaginary ideals and real, completed work.
Our job is to listen and take down notes. Like dictation.
There may not be much agreement on who or what is dictating, but the process is clear.
You’re listening to the imaginary.