Sound is a metaphoric expression of things seldom said. Whether seen or unseen
it is in the eye of the beholder.
This is an interesting topic.
Not that I'm a big fan of LSD (anymore, at least!)...
Still, I have experienced, and then read observations from a wide variety of
sources, that sound can often manifest itself as shapes and colors while
under the influence of a hallucinogen. I have often wondered if this is
some chemical effect of the drug, or if it is simply a heightened
sensitivity to something that's always there - a basic relationship in the
human mind between sound and shape.
I'm also reminded of a Peter Gabriel lyric, from "Humdrum", on the 1st solo
"Lost among echoes of things not there
Watching the sounds forming shapes in the air"
PS - gotta go get that PG "Up" CD soon!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Stuart Wyatt" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2002 3:33 PM
Subject: Re: do you imagine pictures while playing?
Strange, I never managed to imagine picture and sound simultaneously.
I sometimes do if I am in a trance-like state - it is very much like
what you get if you are in a deep meditative state (helped with yoga) or
take the easy option and cheat and use natural herbal substances. They
are visions, just like day dreaming. The Place des Vosges improvisations
were all recorded whilst in this state (natural, and herbal)... I can
picture people, places, scents, touch....
Alas, it does not happen as much as it used to...
Lately, I have been feeling a kind of musical schizophrenia whereby it
feels as though there are a number of performers inside me. The
spiritual side of me believes that at times, my body is acting as a
medium for dead musicians whereas my analitical mind just assumes that I
am a natural headchase and am just playing things that I have
subconciously heard or worked out beforehand. I play in styles I have
never studied or have played before... to this day, I dont know whe
they are coming from.
Its a bizarre sensation... feeling away from your physical body and
conducting your own small string orchestra....
Its great, as they work for free, dont have drinking problems and rarely
argue with each other. :)
Stuart Wyatt - Solo String Project