when you listen, close your eyes and open your heart. when you turn the knob, feel the sound–how it bounces around the room and back to you. how are so many great composers deaf? listening involves more than just the ears. vibrations extend far beyond the audible. there are always more levels of listening to engage.
participating in audio culture is inherently political. when you make a sound, you enter a conversation. research the origins and the history of the tools you use and the sounds you make. if you are curating sounds, be knowledgeable about whom you are giving a platform. honor them, speak to them, express your unique insights and interpretations, but never forget to be mindful of context.
music is not a thing to do; it is an exalted state of being that flows through all of us at some time or other, sometimes spontaneously, sometimes at will. whether or not you are a “vocalist,” it behooves you to cultivate your voice, which is and remains yours alone. whatever your sound is, the product of your body as instrument, let it out. to feel free to sing, no matter how “imperfectly”, is to feel free to be.
children are the most creative of us all. when adults play, they remember the freedom and fun of childhood. so in the moments that you are given to perform, forget about your adult life. your homework is done. you practiced, you studied, you prepared. now challenge your boundaries, interact with your surroundings, explore possibilities, and do what feels good in the moment. embody all the forms of resistance we mean by the act of play.