Compose some music by yourself or in a group. You can use free software, available instruments, create your own instruments or any kind of objects which emit sound .

Have a jamming session or develop a formulated composition. Record it and reflect on it.

When it comes to an ideation session, listen to the music as a way to reproduce the creative energy that went into the music composition.

The kind of music composition it was; e.g. experimental and chaotic or structured and logically organised (it could be anything) may influence what energy will go into the ideation session.

Sound Landscape

Music is a narrative, a journey because it happens through time. Listening to music whilst moving brings in a spatial aspect. The addition of the sound illustrates, elaborates, decorates, resonates, forms a dialectic with, plays off and writes into the surroundings.

Physical / Ephemeral

Listening to a ‘airy’ electronic pad sound and looking at tree branches swaying in the breeze seems to fit together. The viewed object and the listened audio object have movement as though the mind wants to attach the movement narrative of the music to movement in the physical world.

The audio has sound waves which move through space. The object (the shrub foliage) sways through space although it’s movement appears disordered at the whim of localised turbulence in the urban environment.

The combination of the visible and the audio creates a sense of calm and synergised energy. The movement and repetition in the sound creates a rhythm which can affect the mood.

Changes in the musical structure can raise awareness of physical surroundings, equally, the mood created by the music is artificial and does not necessarily reflect the reality of a situation.

Challenging depth

Music is quite frivolous, always subjective and emergent from the structure of the time. Zizek mentioned that it is not clear to him where music inhabits the space of the id or the more rational ego. I think it can be either or both. Derrida wrote of people coming into a world already full of meaning that structures their reality. Part of this meaning takes the form of music.


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