What do you hear?
A car driving by? Wind? An airplane?
The soft hum of a computer fan?
Footsteps of the people around you?
Your own heartbeat?
City traffic? A siren in the distance?
Listen to the sound of a person breathing as they talk. Hear the gait of child. Delight at the animal and prehistoric in us as we laugh by launching exhales, almost burps, of air that we recognize as laughter.
We live in a world of sound. It’s everywhere, permeates everything. Silence, for the most part, doesn’t exist. Even in the quietest of spaces, there is the sound of breathing, of your stomach and of your heart.
Sounds, simply put, are the patterns of certain kinetic waves and energies that our body senses and our mind processes through our ears, skin and nerves. There is a threshold, though, for the amplitude and frequency of what we can hear.
Sound is a channel of communications not only between humans but among and within all matter, energy and life. There is a lot to hear if we wished to tune that channel in. Since sounds are patterns of matter and energy striking sensory organs of our body, and since everything in the universe is in motion, when anything intersects with another, there is a transference, a communication.
Step out of SLANT and listen to what a laugh really sounds like. People who cannot use their eyes to effectively communicate are able to expand their conscious and subconscious processing of the kinetic universe in ever adaptive, generative, and revolutionary ways.
We subconsciously and consciously process the interaction of the sounds we perceive, our memory of patterns and any previously assigned meaning. Turn on and tune in, and you will hear more and richer sounds and the manifold meanings they carry. In time, that process will affect your subconscious awareness, and you will hear things and appreciate the aural nuance of the world around you.
Sounds are patterns that carry meaning based upon our experience and hereditary code. Without music, films would evoke less meaning and deliver a lower level of resonance.
Music, our voices included, is one of the most prolific applications of sound, is a pure form of human expression. The experience of listening to music can be greatly affected by the ambience and the environment. It literally resonates within us when we’re close to the source. When we use headphones in public, though, we can also create our own private room. Some things are lost with that interface, but it creates new associations and new meanings as well.
Music seems to be a companion and friend to many of us. Music is a multisensory language. For some music becomes aural sex. It is a sophisticated form of expression created by a small number of human beings. It delivers complexity, systemic cadence, rich patterns of sound, and occasionally, indelible meaning. When we speak, we produce a form of music – intonations and volume, speed and cycle all add meaning to the words we speak. So much is embedded in our speech that the same words can be taken to mean something completely different when spoken with a different pattern – a different personal music.
As with Color, we have an opportunity to remake the role of the auditory within our society. We are building a semiotic language, one that seeks to use the full capability of human perception to convey complex meaning and maximize the ability of people to organize, store, communicate and understand valuable information.
To help understand the complexity of states and exchanges among living systems (including humans), matter and energy, man made objects, and constructs, we believe we should use a language of pattern and structure of tones, beats and sounds to communicate in partnership with the visible world – sight, color and motion. We can apply sound in more general and nuanced schema in society at large. From diagnostics to informatics, we believe that what we see should have a second channel of communication, sound.
We are building models of complexity that incorporate the rich potential of sound and music. We believe we can experience an order of magnitude improvement in identifying signal from noise, and meaning from the sound of silence. Sound, not just music, is a glorious orchestra. Listen.