This residency has turned out (so far), in my case, and for whatever reason, to be concerned with the possibility of transversal movements between long waves (economic, cultural, political) and micro, infra-legible territories of potential action. How can a long wave be accessed through sonic practice—processes of accumulation, punctually accessible through visual representations (charts), yet elusive in the time-bound nature of sound. How can sound’s irreducible indebtedness to time be temporarily short-circuited in order to give evidence to historical processes, as if hearing through a deep incision? Is a fictional, hyperreal, hyperstitional construct the only manner of ingress into such accumulation? (slow density, episode 2 (see below), proposes the incorporation of synthetic, speculative elements, in the form of predictive sine-wave motions, as an anachronistic noise which deviates continuity (in which no radical break is truly possible as continuity is always assured—a Bergsonian aporia addressed by Bachelard in the Dialectic of Duration) from its steady path, forcing various collapses of the field recording’s pretenses to objectivity). It’s not so much about the sonification of this or that wave, but more of a zone of resonance, where amplified traces mutually condition each other, and where feedbacks are foregrounded. Moreover and more importantly, how does the consciousness of what appear to be periodic waves (such as depicted by Kondratiev, illustrating the autonomous nature of the market and its imperviousness to state measures (Keynesian or other), much to the chagrin of Stalin, who promptly interned him in a gulag where he died in 1938), beyond the control of any one individual, apparently only shaped by the actions of massive, molar movements, inflect the capacity for molecular disruption, erupting the future in the present? Looking at the K-Waves one is immediately aware of being caught in a particular season, which seems to invalidate the very possibility of repatterning the system in an instant, or ejecting from it altogether. One’s life trajectory appears isomorphic with, inextricably correlated to 50-60 year cycles; born in Summer means something very different than born in Winter. “Eric A.” has made a valuable contribution in his two-part series “A Brief History of Cycles and Time“, which suggests that economic rhythms set their own pace, and the worst hasn’t yet happened because “it isn’t time.” If the K-Waves allow for a certain type of long-term prediction, then how can the ground be primed in the meantime, while awaiting the next collapse?
A diagram of time scales at the beginning of Curtis Roads’ Microsound awaits deeper analysis, and possible correlation with some of the above-mentioned ideas.