Sound as the intrinsic connection of man with the Universe

Sound as the intrinsic connection of man with the Universe

Music is a feeling that comes after or in addition to some inner intensities that often go beyond understanding. It is the translation through which nature explains itself to man, transforming an absurd journey into a piece of work where it becomes an assumed participant without constraints and doubts.

Communication becomes simple when you think about it as a joy, happiness, through music and dance. In the Universe exist this music and this dance of light and it is interpreted either by norms of physics, or by philosophical principles. The soul, under the supervision of reason, has always carried the tendency of giving up, of leaving its worldly meaning only to return back home.

The existence beyond space and time has always been that itch that has oppressed the norms of human knowledge. Start with philosophy, with Plato and his world of ideas, then with Kant and his critical idealism where he tried to explain the relationship between rationality and human experience. The originality of Kant’s philosophy, supported by the progress of physics from Galileo to Newton, will consist in the attempt of a synthesis where both experience and judgement allow knowledge. Going further to quantum physics and recent theories, Robert Lanza, a contemporary thinker and scientist involved in the analysis of quantum mechanics and astrophysics, explains that we carry space and time around with us ‘like turtles with shells’. The theory implies that the soul never dies. It exists only under the form of thought because people identify with their bodies. They believe the body disappears sooner or later and that the consciousness dies. If the body generates consciousness, then it disappears when the body also do so, therefore it exists (the consciousness) beyond time and space and it is capable of being everywhere: in the human body or outside.

That being said, I think it is clearer to us now that what man ‘wears’ is actually an independent construction of worldly forms and needs. Therefore, art, music and the like are nothing but forms of the Universe’s expression.

If the music the Universe plays were to be given a name, it would be called drone music.

Drone music is a genre that has its roots in experimental, avant-garde music; it is a minimalist genre that emphasizes the use of sustained sounds, notes, or tone clusters – called drones. In music, a drone is a harmonic or monophonic effect or accompaniment where a note or chord is continuously sounded throughout most or all of a piece.

The systematic use of drones originated in instrumental music of ancient Southwest Asia, and spread north and west to Europe, east to India, and south to Africa. It is a key component of much Australian Aboriginal music through the didgeridoo. It is used in Indian music and is played with the tanpura (or tambura) and other Indian drone instruments like the ottu, the ektar, the dotara (or dotar; dutar in Persian Central Asia), the surpeti, the surmandal (or swarmandal) and the shankh (conch shell). Most of the types of bagpipes that exist worldwide have up to three drones, making this one of the first instruments that comes to mind when speaking of drone music. In America, most forms of the African-influenced banjo contain a drone string. Since the 1960s, the drone has become a prominent feature in drone music and other forms of avant-garde music. (Source)

Music, in order to return to its general name, creates, more than any other form of art, a human connection with the Universe.

We Bring The Stellar Cold. FRIG

Frig is an experimental project, which travels a path through forests of genres, not to finalize its style, but to capture the meanings of this world’s sounds. From avant-garde, to post-rock or drone, regardless its form and origin, settles as a kind of interest, where naturally you want to join. Thus, we can discuss some connections, not necessarily predetermined, but present in us. In ourselves, the Universe, like an elegant lady, retouches its face, in a small mirror.

Cover photo: (c) NASA