Attempts at Stillness

Research output: Non-textual formComposition

Abstract

Happy humans in troubled times. A privilege, and a personal recurring source of angst and guilt, as most of my program notes betray. Moreover, I am saturated, like most, by the incessant stream of stimuli: ads, social media, (curated) news of the unfair world, fascinating discoveries, and whatever else. It all resonates a little too much with the natural thunderstorm in my hyperactive head.

To cope, I attempt mindfulness. Actually, it is more to really enjoy my privileged life as is: an incredibly difficult task. I therefore share here a sonic musing on the pleasure of contemplating the complex ebb and flow of a million things that fight for attention, when I manage to lower the grip of its frenzy on my angst, guilt and powerlessness, and just observe it with an open curiosity.

This is a piece composed for the Czech radio, making explicit, transparent use of the three acousmatic modes of listening (semantic, causal and reduced) yet adding more conventional musical ones to the equation (melodic, harmonic, orchestral, rhythmic).
LanguageEnglish
Publisherempreintes DIGITALes
Media of outputOnline
Size16 Minutes 15 Seconds
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2017

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Stillness
Angst
Guilt
Curiosity
Harmonics
Equations
Mindfulness
Pleasure
News
Privilege
Acousmatic
Social Media
Conventional
Frenzy
Powerlessness
Ads
Causal
Stimulus

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