:: Sunday, June 08, 2003
warning: I should note, for future reference.. in writing this and therein publishin' it on the internet.. I hold copywrite for this crazy scheme (as written below).. y'know.. unless some crazy cat out there has already beaten me to it.. (most likely.. knowing how crazy people are..)
anywaze.. it begins with one idea I had.. which, as I learnt tonight.. has already been implemented by someone else.. it kinda scares me when I come to realisation that my innermost thoughts of insanity.. is somewhere, a reality.. and being made into a profit..
I wuz at some 85th birthday party.. (for my grandmother.. and damn she's still kickin' it hardcore at her age.. makes ya proud.. y'know.. ) and in noting my surroundings.. a particularly dark, candleit marquee tent with various set tables.. I thought out loud.. "wouldn't it be cool.. if you went to a restuarant.. it wuz pitch black.. but, everyone wuz wearing night-vision goggles.." as stated above, this is ACTUALLY being done somewhere.. and so, isn't my unique idea afterall.. but still.. think about it.. it's fucken cool aye?
anywaze.. here's my genius plan.. part of a long standin' evolution of a crazy idea.. involving music..
one of the big inspirations for me to get into music (especially live gigs).. wuz a PRODIGY gig, back in 1998.. at Thebarton Theatre.. (those locally know the venue).. anywaze.. in the middle of the gig.. I ducked out of the main crowd area to the toilets.. and in doing so.. I became aware of how the deep rolling subwoofer speakers were playing off the walls.. to the point that the walls were producing their own reactive sounds.. this low end fuzzin'.. as if, when you found the right frequency.. the entire venue would become your instrument.. the crowd's skeleton's the keys of your keyboard.. and all of them could make subtlely different humming tones..
I wanted one day.. to have a sound system THAT powerful.. that well tuned.. that the building itself.. would become part of the music.. that I could somehow tune and harnass all that power.. for creative mischief..
now.. in mentioning this tonight.. one of my more creative aunts.. mentioned there were these performance artists.. (somewhere else in the world.. I think Sweden?).. and they had this stunt they'd do at train stations.. they'd setup their sound equipment.. which would consist of white noise generators.. and, as sounds would be created in their surroundings.. their equipment would detect it.. and progressively cancel it out.. (the method being.. for every positive sound signal.. you would have a device to generate an equal yet opposite sound.. thus canceling them both to a zero point) so, eventually you'd produce complete stone dead silence.. an eerie ghostlike vacuum of noise.. people walking into this dead space.. would wonder to themselves.. "WHERE THE HELL DID ALL THE SOUND GO??".. and thus, the whole comical mischief of it all..
now.. my crazy idea.. I thought to myself.. wot would happen if I combined elements of 1.. with 2.. wot would happen if I developed a soundsystem at live gigs.. that'd not only be able to make the venue humm.. but, also.. make the entire venue stone silent.. to be able to control and creatively shape the environmental sound of an entire building..
imagine if you will.. bass so low and humming.. the entire building sings back, then.. simply with a flick of a switch on your console.. drop the entire venue to silence.. all voices, all ambience.. sucked into a silent serene void... then, using these simple sonic building blocks of NOISE and SILENCE.. use them as binary building blocks.. 0's and 1's.. to construct insanely trippy environmental music.. skipping back n forth.. like a jackhammer of NOISE / SILENCE / NOISE etc.. to produce a beat.. that doesn't come OUT of the speakers.. but, is all around.. and within and without ya.. your voice yelling would cut in and out.. as would everthing else.. you're not just LISTENING to the music.. you ARE the music.. (and yes, we theoretically have the technology now to do it.. )
of course, come to think of it.. these are the kinda twisted thoughts, when unchecked..could seriously prove to be diabolical..
thus I swear only to use this idea for GOOD and never EVIL..
:: Spoz 4:27 AM |