Musica Electronica 2 – Space/Ambient Electronic Music
If the Universe is completely random then should it be meaningless?
If the Universe is meaningless then is Chaos ruling it?
What if the Universe is completely random and there is a perpetual change in a perfect constant balance between Cosmos and Chaos to keep an infinite harmony?
Now, if the Universe is not random at all and it follows a very strict order of events then it should be highly predictable and all things and conditions can be replicated exactly the same? That means that if we can take control of all the variables involved in all events then we should be able to predict everything with the highest probability to happen.
I enjoy spending some time watching the sky, sometimes during the day, sometimes at night. When I watch it at night I like to see the stars, the planets, the moon, and the constellations. During the day I like to watch the clouds drawing unique patterns. I do really like the sensation of a deep sky, open spaces, and us living at the bottom of the atmosphere. Our planet is like our ship traveling thru the universe taking us to the unknown. Our ship is full of life, full of perfectly balanced random patterns like the clouds in the sky, never twice the same.
For me, one of the most important points about composing “music-on-the-fly” is the random factor. Our minds have been programmed to follow patterns not just in music but everything else. If I play music without some sequenced patterns chances are that the outcome will be meaningless. But if I use some sequencers then there are some patterns (loops) to follow to satisfy our sense of order (predictable harmony).
I strongly believe that because of our programmed way of following structured patterns, because of the way we were educated to think, we get trapped inside a pre-programmed box. This is the reason why I think it is very hard for us to predict events. We tend to apply previous patterns from previous events to current and future events without taking all the variables involved into consideration. And the main reason why we miss to include all the variables into the mix is because almost all of them are randomly out of the box.
Most of the predictions that I know have never been accurate. There is only one major prediction that I remember it happened with a very high degree of precision.
I have a friend who was working for a very big financial institution in Mexico City in the early 2000’s. He was in charge of looking where to invest the money for this institution to provide the best investment portfolios. I used to ask him where to invest my money but his answer was always the same, “Do you have lots of money?”
One day, back in 2005, he gave me a book and asked me to read it. The title of this book is “The Second Great Depression (Starting 2007 – Ending 2020)” from Warren Brussee. My friend told he was very convinced that almost everything on this book had a high probability to happen so it was very important to read it ASAP. When I started to read the book I was a little skeptical about many of the events described in it, but when I finished to read the first part I was scared. I took some precautions about my personal finances but I really wish I should have done more. Mr. Brussee really predicted some of the economic conditions that lead to the current recession. Amazingly he is not an economist but he observed most of the pertinent variables to make the call. A call that not even the most acclaimed economists were able to do back in 2005.
So, why is it so hard to predict major events like the one Mr. Brussee did it in 2005? I believe its because there are so many variables in play and most of them behave in random patterns. We can’t apply exactly the same patterns for similar events. The outcome is always different like the clouds in the sky.
“Musica Electronica 2” is a live improvisation based on some balanced sequences and patterns played in an improvised fashion, an improvisation of random sequences to generate some harmonic patterns. An inspiration based on Space Electronic Music of the 70’s: open spaces, futuristic random sounds, some sequencers, and otherworldly themes.
This is one of my favorite Intentos because I was able to get a very relaxing musical passage that can be used for meditation, sleeping, or stress release.
A live musical attempt using the Kaossilator Pro tabletop and the Korg MicroKorg synth. Very few digital editing for basic restoration (background noise reduction) and slow 360 stereo field rotate effects. No MIDI, no compressor, no hard limiting, no pan/expand effects, and no normalizing process. Simple “mixing” using a Belkin star and recorded directly to a Zoom H2 (wav-format: 16bit, 44100Hz).
Turn off the lights and use your headphones for best performance.
Happy New Year 2013.
©Eduardo Nava – December 2012