The Creative Immateriality of Sound

Higini Arau

Previously published in Spanish at Tectónica 14: Acústica.

The creative magic of sound lies in its immaterial essence. You perceive it but you cannot touch it. It harnesses matter as a means of transportation, but it is not matter.

It floats like a wave through the air, a jingling transparent wake, a spirit escaped from Pandora’s box, full of surprises; it aims to delight those who enjoy it, yet it is a disturbance when it is unwanted.

Roman Clemens. Stage Design for “A Play on Form, Color and Sound – A Russian Tableau”, 1929.
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