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Internal Sound Creation

Apparently we find it less difficult to refer to sound as something "we hear" (external) to something "produced" (internal).

Talking about speak sound is a physical phenomenon, it occurs in a given space at a defined temperature.

Sound is an invisible presence in constant dialogue with our mind.

Isobel Anderson – Voice, Narrative, Place: Listening to Stories

As I write these words I am listening to «Dolmen Music» by Meredith Monk. The sound full of different voices perfectly describes the feeling of that inner voice, that invisible dialogue with which we constantly live.

We cannot separate our body from the mind that dominates it.

We cannot separate the mind from the body that contains it.

The eye can only look and the ear never rests … So, I think there are forces that give thought a trace, that we nurture our ideas with a wise passivity.

William Wordsworth – Poema Amonestación y respuesta

It is solved by walking )

When I write I usually get up and walk a few steps and immediately sit down to write the next sentence, when I compose I perform the same act

It is an instinctive reaction, I need to move and my mind is activated, that inner voice appears and thoughts flow.

We yearn for the silence that we have never known, at the same time, we know that from that internal dialogue all ideas come out like petals of a daisy.

It also carries its own rhythm, stops and starts again, traces unexpected paths, wanders, returns to the starting point as the voices of Meredith Monk’s album.

Most of us have a constant conflict with that internal dialogue, with that voice.

We do not get along with that tone and with that rhythm, mainly today that we can find ourselves immersed in the internal dialogue of other people, being hyperconnected through technology.

Flow

That flow is commonly associated with meditation, the movement of thought or mind and in turn meditation is usually associated with stillness.

Después de muchos años de meditar, encontré que el sentido de la meditación no tiene porque estar entrelazado con la quietud. | After many years of meditating, I found that the sense of meditation does not have to be intertwined with stillness.

There are a variety of practices, in which meditation intervenes, where body movement is demanded.

For the musician and pedagogue Jaques-Dalcroze, the body is the intermediary between sound and our mind, becoming the tools that channel feelings.

Following the idea of the inner voice, we might think that our body is in charge of shaping and externalizing the most important sounds of our life: the sound of breathing, that of the heart, that of our voice and that of our internal dialogue.

That dialogue depends all our sounds merge, have a physical sense, corporeal.

Although our internal dialogue does not materialize, what generates that dialogue is what is finally externalized through our body.

This is why we cannot separate our inner voice from our body. Therefore, it is necessary to analyze how this internal dialogue manifests in us, what physical reactions it produces.

A Mirror

The relationship between our physical body and our internal dialogue is extremely intense.

Depending on the shape, rhythm and sensations produced by the internal dialogue, our body will react by making certain movements (we will make gestures, move the head, hands, eyes, sigh, our heart rate will accelerate or decrease, etc.)

This connection makes something clear and our body cannot be indifferent to the sound even if it does not exist physically.

Our body, not only responds to sounds that occur in a particular environment.

Our Body responds to our Emotional experience with SOUND.

But if this is so, how can our mind distinguish a sound that is produced physically from one that is produced in it?

How do external sounds influence the internal creation of sounds, the internal dialogue?

When we talk about external sounds, about the physicality of sound, we usually say that a sound is felt with all our senses.

In this case it is an external phenomenon that is registered and perceived by our senses, an instantaneous connection of information made by our brain.

But in the case of the sounds that our mind creates, will we resort to a sound memory or is it an idealized construction of ourselves?


Author: Sol Rezza
Editor | Corrector: Franco Falistoco
@ 2019

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