18/06/2012

Unbrave new world

Aldous Huxley was a British writer. Well known for his novels and essays, especially the famous ‘Brave new world’, also published short stories, poems, travel books and screenplays. Member of a family of intellectuals, Huxley traveled widely, ended up settling in California and worked all his life as a critic of social roles, norms and ideals. He became interested in spiritual matters as well like parapsychology and mysticism, about which he wrote several books, almost all based on personal experiences. At the end of his life he was considered a leader of modern thought.

In this interview, conducted in the United States in 1959, during the Cold War, he talks about freedom, power and danger of futuristic fiction and pessimistic in his legendary novel imagined can become reality. More than 50 years later, his thoughts still sound terribly current.

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Estudió Literatura Francesa en Toulouse y su primer contacto con el mundo de la comunicación fue en Radio Nacional. De ahí pasó a convertirse en uno de los más carismáticos reporteros del programa de televisión 'Caiga quien caiga', en Telecinco, donde batió un récord: minuto y medio de silencio ante un entrevistado. Después vinieron 'El gallinero' en Telecinco, 'Pecados capitales' y 'Hoy no hay siesta' con Juanjo de la Iglesia en Localia TV y 'Vamos a cocinar' con el cocinero José Andrés y 'Extra' en TVE. También ha hecho teatro, 'Adictos al régimen' y 'Parlando humor', todo ello con Juanjo de la Iglesia. Es además autor de dos libros, 'El libro de los jefes' y 'Tonino, luego existo' y ha colaborado en diversas publicaciones como Cartelera Turia, El Mundo, El Economista, El Semanal o Público.'Thinking is considered boring and that is not good for the future.' He studied French literature in Toulouse and his first contact with the world of communication was on Radio Nacional. He then went on to become one of the most charismatic reporters at 'Caiga quien caiga' on Telecinco, in which he broke a record: minute and a half of silence in front of a interviewed. Then came 'El gallinero' on Telecinco, 'Pecados capitales' and 'Hoy no hay siesta' with Juanjo de la Iglesia on Localia TV and 'Vamos a cocinar' with Chef José Andrés and 'Extra' on TVE. He has also done theater, 'Adictos al régimen' and 'Parlando humor', all with Juanjo de la Iglesia. He is author of two books, 'El libro de los jefes' and 'Tonino, luego existo' and has contributed to various publications as Cartelera Turia, El Mundo, El Economista, El Semanal or Público." 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Así pues, la RAE atribuye a la música el 'poder' de conmover, bien para alegrarnos o entristecernos. El concepto de música ha ido evolucionando desde su origen en la antigua Grecia, donde era una de las seis bellas artes, junto a la arquitectura, la escultura, la pintura, la literatura y la danza. Es innegable, por tanto, que la música es algo inmaterial, a veces difícil de definir. El origen de la palabra viene del griego y significa 'el arte de las musas', ya que los antiguos helenos consideraban que estaba inspirada por estas diosas. La música puede ser un simple reflejo de un estado de ánimo, pero también puede modificarlo. La Historia está repleta de ejemplos de ambos casos: acordémonos de himnos que mostraban un sentir general —la canción 'Libertad sin ira', del grupo Jarcha, en la Transición española— o melodías que han contribuido a ver las cosas de otra manera, incluso a cambiarlas —Los Beatles, por ejemplo, llegaron a ser percibidos como la encarnación de los ideales progresistas, extendiendo su influencia en las revoluciones sociales y culturales de la década de 1960—. Tampoco podemos olvidar movimientos como el punk, con los Sex Pistols a la cabeza. Sin embargo, parece que desde entonces este poder transformador está diluido. Son tiempos duros los que estamos viviendo, y la música tiene un papel de simple divertimento. Nadie, o muy pocos, componen concienciados de que la música es capaz de ser mucho más. O puede que lo hagan, pero su trabajo no consigue llegar a nuestros oídos, bien por el mercantilismo que impera, bien porque la sociedad aún no es verdaderamente consciente de que las cosas deben cambiar. Confiemos en que la música vuelva a ser un motor de cambio que remueva conciencias. ¡Habrá que tener los oídos bien abiertos!According to the most common definition of the Royal Spanish Academy, music is the art of combining sounds of the human voice or instruments, or both at a time, so as to produce pleasure, stirring up sensitivity either happily or sadly. So, the RAE attributes to music the 'power' of moving either to cheer or to sadden. The concept of music has evolved from its origins in ancient Greece, where it was one of six fine arts, along with architecture, sculpture, painting, literature and dance. Therefore, it is undeniable, that music is something intangible, sometimes difficult to define. The origin of the word comes from greek and means 'the art of the Muses', as the ancient Greeks believed that it was inspired by these goddesses. Music can be a simple reflection of a state of mind, but it can also modify it. History is full with examples of both cases: remember hymns which showed a general feeling —the song 'Libertad sin ira', by Jarcha, a group from the Spanish Transition— or melodies that have helped to see things differently, even to change them —The Beatles, for example, came to be perceived as the incarnation of progressive ideals, extending its influence during the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s—. We can’t forget neither movements like punk, lead by the Sex Pistols. However, it seems that since then, this transformer power is diluted. We are currently living hard times and music plays the role of a simple entertainment. No one, or very few, compose aware that music can be much more. Or maybe they do, but their work can not reach our ears, either because mercantilism is prevailing or either because society is still not truly aware that things must change Let us hope that music will become again an engine of change that will stir minds up. We will have to keep our ears wide open!" 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Compositor y músico afincado en la ciudad de Nueva York, su trabajo se centra principalmente en medios audiovisuales, como los últimos trabajos del artista de vídeo Marco Bambrilla o el cortometraje 'The Kook', dirigido por el dúo de directores Pekín. En su día a día, Víctor se dedica a componer y producir música para anuncios de televisión a través de Future Perfect, la compañía que fundó en 2008.'The future is the result of imagination'. Spanish composer and musician based in New York City, his work focuses mainly on audiovisual media, as the latest works of videoartist Marco Bambrilla or the short film 'The Kook', directed by directing duo Pekin. In their daily life, Víctor is dedicated to compose and produce music for TV commercials through Future Perfect, the company he founded in 2008. 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