ARBITRARY CONSTRAINTS


In the philosophy of high-end audio electronics design, we often stumble upon what could be called Arbitrary Constraints. Sometimes this also reflects the writing endeavors of yours truly. At some point, it seems that the only way to create and finalize something is by narrowing the frame and subtracting the impulse of multiplexing. Below is a well-known Igor Stravinsky's quote about Arbitrary Constraints (Poetics of Music ), which perhaps explains the idea in the best way... "My freedom thus consists in my moving about within the narrow frame that I have assigned to myself for each one of my undertakings. I shall go even further: my freedom will be so much the greater and more meaningful the more narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself with obstacles. Whatever diminishes constraint diminishes strength. The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees oneself of the claims that shackle the spirit."