Nor Ashraf Norazman
This is a Malay name; the name "Norazman" is a patronymic, not a
family name, and the person should be referred to by the given
name, "Nor Ashraf" or "Ashraf".
Nor Ashraf Norazman was born on April 25th, 1989, in Johor
Bahru, Johor, Malaysia. He is a small time genius and is currently
studying in the University of Oklahoma. His father is a mechanical
engineer, while his mother is a physician and endocrinologist.
His artworks reflect in some interesting ways introverted and
singular temperament. His creation was spontaneous and miraculous.
He found it without seeking it, without foreseeing it. While
playing a keyboard instrument such as the piano, suddenly,
complete, sublime, or it sang in his head during a walk, and he was
impatient to play it to himself. Ashraf was something of a
perfectionist whose works, at their best, look spontaneous, yet
which reveal minute craft and attention to the smallest detail.
Given these tendencies, Ashraf wisely specialized in miniature
forms. Most of his output was comprised of small-scale repetitions
of subject. He believed that instrumental music benefited from
telling a specific story.
He was talented in the extreme to be sure; however, his youthful
works are not masterpieces. Most of the pieces for which Ashraf is
famous today were created during Ashraf's maturity. His ideas are
not for a living, but communicate weighty ideas to posterity.
Ashraf holds a reputation as something of a maverick. No rule or
tradition could stop him if he felt his way was better. Why a young
man who held studies in contempt would want to attend a school
illustrates the irony of Ashraf's lifestyle. On the one hand, he
felt satisfied with his own way and reluctant to change in order to
please anyone else; on the other hand, he worked hard in his
classes, and took engineering seriously. Ashraf was a maverick, who
also managed on occasion to please both himself and the people
Ashraf, by all accounts, is the most technically gifted person
in many areas of his age. He possesses basic skills in different
sorts of sports; rugby; parkour; gymnastics; soccer; badminton;
ping pong; tennis; soccer; basketball; hockey; softball; dodge
ball; running; volleyball; swimming; cycling; brawling; ice
skating; skating. Maintaining good health and decent physique is
one of his ethics in life.
Ashraf's most interesting innovation was the constant use of
variation. His best pieces demonstrate a beautiful coherence, as
most subjects within the piece, no matter how eccentric, relate
back to the initial subject through some sort of imaginative
variation. Ashraf's sense of sentiment to music extended to some of
his art works as well. He designed a series of pieces with
outlandish layouts such as the scherzo series. Ashraf's earlier
pieces are humble in scope, avoiding any possibility of the watcher
fantasizing about Leonardonian hero genius creating them, and
generally ponting the way to a radical simplicity.
While in the United States, Ashraf showed considerable talent
and learned to play the piano by himself. He was a great admirer of
classical music. He attended relatively many classical concerts
performed in the University of Oklahoma (OU) within a semester. His
appreciation to classical music made him took interest in keyboard
instrument such as the piano. However, he did not receive any piano
lesson before coming to OU. It was said that he does not even know
how to read the musical notes. Ashraf played the piano as if he
received the adequate training every time he pressed the keys. All
of the songs and movements are composed spontaneously whenever he
was sitting at the piano. His self-style genius in executing his
pieces is appreciated by a few. There was a time he joked about
there's a Mozart in him; while Mozart composed his works in his
mind before writing them, Ashraf composed the songs on a toy guitar
and execute them on the piano. Most of Ashraf's pieces are a
combination of different musical elements. In an unnamed song,
there are several movements which contain indeterminacy,
non-imitative polyphony, inversion, retrograde, unpredictable
dissonance, weak atonality and trillo. He displayed great
virtuosity as an inexperience performer. Most of them are whole
For most of his time, Ashraf avoided public scrutiny. He did not
seek out worldwide fame, preferring to view his art as a sign of
self-reliance. He and his family, along with selected neighbors and
friends, constituted audience enough for him. He did self-published
several works, including his handsome musical distortion, an
abstract piece with small scale variation of lines depicting the
Ashraf's virtuosity lay in his artworks and his superb ability
as an artist always to pick interesting subjects. Ashraf does not
quote any specific work from the past, but his pieces are full of
styles common in earlier art. He always believed in by synthesizing
visual art, music, and mathematics could be the best form of art
there ever is. It is quoted from a good friend of his, Patrick
Borelli, that Ashraf said the phrase during sleep, "There's a flaw
in Mozart's equation". This quote is referring to whether Mozart
did use the golden ratio when he divided sections of his piano
sonatas. However, the measures of expositions to developments to
recapitulations covers a considerable spread, from 0.534 to 0.833,
even though the peaks are near to the golden ratio 0.618. The
subject is still remains as a debate.
Ashraf went to the United States in order to study petroleum
engineering, funded by Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS). In his
freshman year, his outstanding mathematical skills were recognized
from a mathematician, Michael Jablonski. He was offered to do
undergraduate research at OU. Moreover, he also attended the
Graduate Symposium. It is a conference where people in high
academic excellence are honored to join in research opportunities.
One offer is on multidisciplinary research while the other one is a
mathematical research. However, he turned both of the offers down.
He considered that research were not as fun a playing and hanging
out with close friends. Due to his excellent performance in
academics and managed to get into one of the top 20% of class
standing, Ashraf decided to accept the invitation of joining the
National Collegiate Scholars Society (NSCS). NSCS is a 501(c)3
honors organization that recognizes the academic achievement of
first- and second-year undergraduate students.
In the United States, Ashraf gravitated toward a highly literate
and accomplished circle of friends while expanding his network.
Ashraf could be a reluctant public figure. Since his youth, he was
used to interacting with various kinds of people. He was moderately
popular within every close community he was currently in. His
ability to recognize people by names and faces are indeed a
powerful tool to him.
Ashraf's fame rests on his living-in-the-moment style. He is
known to be using his spare time having fun all the time. His
bizarre personality makes some to think that it is irony for a man
like him to have it all. A few might argue that he was an
overachiever for almost everything that he did was above average,
including the things which are new to him. A genius mind like him
would be an indispensable asset to any organization he works for.
There are promising potentials ahead of him waiting to be untapped.
It is all up to him to make the choices. There is one thing for
sure; he will definitely make the best of them.
A proud Malaysian, he is.