Thinking Music as Divine Gift (2021)
When we ask the question of what it could mean to think music, an elementary and perhaps astounding fact about silence may help us imagine the possibilities. There is no such thing as absolute silence. ‘No such thing?’ Yes, even “The World’s Quietest Place,” a -20.6 dBA anechoic chamber so named and designed by Microsoft is not in fact a place “where sound goes to die.”1 Rather, sound recedes far below human perception there, and technically into a special foundation made of state-of-the-art springs. But sounds most definitely continue to reverberate in the world’s quietest place and just about every other place in fact. Absolute silence requires a vacuum, a realm devoid of life. Wherever life is, sound is.
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