Sound Sculpted Into Audible Landscape,

Noise music, and all of the various subcategories of electronic music that the term "noise" can manage to embrace by its meaning, is a movement to create, share, and appreciate the deeper, meaningful nature of music as the expansive, explosive expressions of human feelings and experiences. But one must understand that deeper nature of music in order to appreciate how Noise exemplifies it.

R. M. Rilke, in his poem "To Music", says of music, "You language where all language ends." Music expresses without words, without the limitations of having to know words, the limitations of knowing a language; and thus, it possesses the ability to slip through language barriers between different spoken languages. In this sense, the place "where all language ends" is that barrier between languages, the point at which linguistic communication halts. But Rilke's statement takes us one step deeper, for there is a place "where all language ends" even between speakers of the same language, even between an individual and his own language. Words are the most restricted and limited tool with which we express our beliefs, feelings and experiences, thoughts and perspectives, and such is the reason for the existence of Art, for without it, we could not fully express the indefinite range of human feelings. All art is the expression of such feelings and experiences via the creative force, the exertion of a kind of control over objects external to us in order to shape them into something new, according to one's desires, to express those human feelings. This power is, at its most fundamental core, the power to create. And while we create many things, tools of all kinds, means to other ends, things which we use, the drive for artistic creation is to implant pieces of ourselves into created objects, not for any use, but in order to share what we feel, what we experience, when our spoken language cannot be used to express it.

But what is special about music over any other form of art? Rilke digs further into the nature of music: "O you the transformation of feelings into what?--: into audible landscape... You heart-space grown out of us. The deepest space in us, which, rising above us, forces its way out--". Music has always existed alongside human beings; it is the heartbeat of humanity, a living, moving expression of human emotions, so passionate that, unlike any other form of art, it is capable of moving both mind and body. There is a distinction between an expression of some kind and the content or meaning of what is expressed: the noises one makes when one utters a sentence (the expression itself) is distinct from the meaning of the linguistic expression; the paint itself and the canvas together (the expression) are distinct from what the painting is of, what it means. But like no other form of art, music captures both an active, living expressing, as opposed to the passive expression of a stable object, such as a painting, in addition to the content of what is being expressed. In other words, music can express not only such meaningfulness that the human creative force wishes to express of the human condition, but it can express the very act of that creative force itself. And because it universally speaks to and stirs the hearts of all who listen, music exists on all levels of sophistication, from the mother humming and singing to her children, to the symphonic and orchestral performances of humanity's greatest composers. When the human heart swells with increasingly intensifying emotions, and that primal creative force is stirred and awoken, music is the cathartic bursting forth and sharing of such feelings, stimulating the swelling hearts of others, to sway and dance together in a passionate connection that so few other human activities can bring about.

However, as with all things, there are gradations of value, and with the influences of industrialization, commercialization, and capitalism, not all music is created equally. The Classical music of humanity's greatest composers has stood the test of time: but the relevant question is, “Why? What does it achieve in creating that gives it such power?” The answer is simpler than it seems, and is in fact precisely what the Noise music movement is founded on: such musicians do with sound what painters do with paint, what sculptors do with clay, wood, metals, and other things. It is the use of sound controlled and guided and shaped into creations of genuine art, to express and communicate the deepest and broadest range of feelings of the human heart and experiences of human life in such a way that, both, there is no loss of their feeling and meaning, and they can genuinely be shared with others.

What gives Noise music its special features distinct from Classical is that it is constructed out of our current historical location in the life of humanity, and directed towards our unknown future as we struggle to understand it from our present perspective. From an historical standpoint, the rate at which we have advanced technologically in the past 100 years is not comparable to any other time in history; and we are advancing at an ever-increasing rate. Such technological advancements have provided us with near godlike capabilities to control and reconstruct our world. And yet, we are still merely human in every way, vulnerable to all of that which human beings have always been vulnerable to, emotional fluctuations, desperate confusions, and fear in every color. How we change our external world, in turn, changes our place in it, the human experience, and we can no longer expect to make sense of how to fit together our internal nature with which the world endowed us, and the world we have seen fit to create. The Noise music movement is about learning how to make sense of ourselves in this strange new world of our own, perhaps haphazard, design, through the process of recreating, reaffirming what we are, our internal nature, ourselves, our societies and interactions. Such a process requires reaching deep into ourselves, our humanity, that which links us with every other human being, reaching far out beyond the divisions of cultures and civilizations through time and through the boundaries between countries and continents. And for the hope of fulfilling and realizing such aspirations for the power of music, was born GESKA Records, “the alliance of eternal music mingled with the body movements of those half-dressed souls still able to inspire the spiritual grace of great civilizations and all the sensual delight of our modernity.”

Cheryl E. Fitzgerald, philosopher, and classical & noise music lover