Absurdism in Theatre, Music, and LIfe
Theatre of the Absurd
Ambient Music
My Non-Absurd Writings
About Me
Tom Stoppard photo from Tom Stoppard in Conversation, 1994. Cover photo by Gemma Levine Samuel Beckett photo from http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/archived/2002/0503/whatson/music2.asp

Absurdism is an idea that says "life may be meaningless, but there may be beauty in the chaos." The theatre of the absurd developed after World War II, during the Cold War, when chaos and violence dominated the global scene. Among the most famous absurdist playwrights are Tom Stoppard, author of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and Samuel Beckett, author of Waiting For Godot.

What follows in these pages is an exploration of absurd theatre, and what I consider its influence on music. Aphex Twin and The Orb are two musicians who create "ambient music," which adheres to no particular structure, yet reveals complicated patterns underneath. And since I'm making this connection as my own personal opinion, hopefully you'll take a look at my own page of writing and my background and give me some feedback.

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