Sonic Week 11.12: Rilke Curve
“It seems to me that almost all our sadnesses are moments of tension, which we feel as paralysis because we no longer hear our astonished emotions living. Because we are alone with the unfamiliar presence that has entered us; because everything we trust and are used to is for a moment taken away from us; because we stand in the midst of a transition where we cannot remain standing. That is why the sadness passes: the new presence inside us, the presence that has been added, has entered our heart, has gone into its innermost chamber and is already in our bloodstream. We can’t say who has come, perhaps we will never know, but many signs indicate that the future enters us in this way in order to be transformed in us, long before it happens.”
“And that is why it is so important to be solitary and attentive when one is sad: because the seemingly uneventful and motionless moment when our future steps into us is so much closer to life than that other loud and accidental point of time when it happens to us as if from outside. What we call fate does not come into us from the outside, but emerges from us. The future stands still, Mr. Kappus, but we move in infinite space.”
-Rainer Maria Rilke, Letter 8, 1904, Letters to a Young Poet
This Sonic Week Playlist explores unique sounds and their very special combinations, which we can derive pleasure and a great deal of emotion from. What a treat — a vibrating bath for feelings to rinse off and leave pristine and real from. “Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
Listen to Luca Musto, Moglebaum, Sosi, Folkestadd, O Mer, John Savage, JHAS, Dot, Fitzroy, stwo, Monte Booker, Medasin, DADRAS, Gerl, Pure Bathing Culture, Sylvan Esso, Persian Empire, LUKA, and Laura Darlington below.