Spacing

A note of music gains significance from the silence on either side.
— Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001)

In writing yesterday about how a city rearranges itself at a time like dusk on the Fourth of July, I was thinking not just about the celebrations, but also about the spaces between the celebrations.

Normally busy sections of the city become silent when everyone crowds together on hillsides, bridges and park land. As I biked between a few celebrations on Saturday night, this widened spacing brought to mind the music of a long-time favorite band of mine: Low (new album due out this fall, according to that link. Yay!). Especially on their early albums, Low became famous for their masterful ability to stretch out and call attention to the space between notes. 

The link to Low might be a more tenuous and personal one, but other musicians have played with the relationship between space and sound directly. Namely, the ex-DC'ers Bluebrain, who have created more than one cartographic, geo-coded album. Surely such convergences will only become more common.

In the mean time, for those who choose to look there is a special beauty in the space between notes, celebrations, fireworks.

Erik Moe

Truxton Circle, Washington, DC, United States

Digital strategy expert working to strengthen the online work of social impact teams, culture-makers, and nonprofits.