A heap of broken images...In poetry fragments are a modernist device...
Yeah, I've noticed this. Wiley previewing tunes on Insta is always like that. Or producers filming their monitors and playing 20 seconds of a new beat.One thing artists do nowadays is to preview their tracks as snippet, on Instagram for instance, and those snippets often have huge pull, to the extent that the released track an only ever seem a let down.
art is about emotional/mood/aesthetic distillation and the longer something goes on the less it’s able to do that.
i’ve always thought still images are capable of being iconic in a way the moving image never can be. pictures of jesus on the cross are infinitely more potent and abundant than moving representations of his crucifixion. it’s a similar thing with that iconic smokey, sepia profile of miles davis; it distills his mythos in a way that any archive footage of him fails to do. no human being can sustain that sense of noir cool, not even really for a couple of seconds. but a photo can suspend it forever, with everything just right.
he writes in these sweeping, majestic aphorisms. they're far more iconic than kant or some longwinded writer.