Tuesday, December 27, 2005
music is the opposite of death
Only living entities, from computers to crickets, can make music. It's a known fact, attested to by all living and dead composers. Music is a production caused by a life form in motion, vibration, or other frenzy.
What's "noise" and "chaos" to one generation is a sedate sleep-soundtrack to the next.
But to make music, there must be animation, life, movement.
The wind, an alive creature with a mind of its own and a great propensity for self-replication and general hell-raising, whistles through trees.
The moon moves the tides and makes splashing sounds on the shore.
NASA space probes and satellites pick up radio wave signals from passing comets, asteroids, and planets.
Everything is making noise. By virtue of containing a thumping heart, you have a beat. The sound of silence is loud, the internal noise of the human endosphere, as John Cage discovered to his delight.
Music is everywhere, and it doesn't always conform to human musicological theory. Iannis Xenakis, a great electronic and glissando composer from Greece, invented the theory of "stochastic music" to explain and imitate the seemingly steady yet random patterns of rain striking a tin roof.
How do the crickets, cicadas, and other chirping, clicking creatures harmonize at night in a concert performance that rivals such gentle noise bands as Soviet France and Lt. Caramel?
I'm tired of this topic now, but that's how CompuMusik was born. I throw a whole bunch of sporadic sounds and temerous tones together, sometimes with a hard beat, a techno drive mechanism to go forward fast.
CompuMusik is a continuation of the desire to record, imitate, and utilize all sounds in the universe: from amoeba splitting to galaxies colliding. Not there yet, but getting closer every nanosecond.
It seems, according to my discovery a couple days ago of Aaron Spectre ragga jungle dubstep breakcore mix mashups, my music has a lot of affinity with some forms of current NYC, London, Berlin dj club sets, as far as random noises mixing in perfectly with broken bass beats and glitch repetitions.
My CompuMusik is not quite as fast and jerky as this A.S. drumcorps music, having a more techno and ambient orientation.
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[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate
Posted by steven edward streight at 12/27/2005 12:21:00 PM