Art as Murder

Art as Murder

 
In their collaborative 1920s book about the notorious late Renaissance Italian nobleman, composer, and murderer Don Carlo Gesualdo, Philip Heseltine and Cecil Gray explore a satirical connection between music and murder: “The beginning of the decline of murder as an art dates from precisely the same period as the development of music as personal expression…In definite relation to the increased difficulties attendant upon the practice of murder, music has become more and more sadistic. In place of inflicting the utmost pain upon a single individual, we outrage the ears of thousands.”
            Considering that forensics science and sophisticated police work have made it more difficult than ever before to get away with murder, are we therefore also more than ever before releasing the murderous, monster-urges within us through our movies, music, literature, and art?
            Think I’ll go write another short story now…