I’d like to highlight two works, “John Cage: Silence and Silencing” by Douglas Kahn and “Laughter: Notes on a Passion” by Anca Parvulescu. Both readings were introduced to me in a Lang Integrated Arts course, Sound and Sexual Politics.
The Kahn reading discusses the possibilities of silence as a voluminous space instead of a void and puts that into conversation with the action of the unaction. The Parvulescu essay, considers the notion of laughter as an action, transformable energy, and dissociative property.
These two readings, particularly in context with the course, have been deeply informing how I write and channel music. I have been more acutely paying attention to the spaces within sound and how they transmutate purpose. I particularly find most fascinating the philosophical and social symbolism hidden within the science of music.
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