These elements can be experienced in “mans everyday grind” or they can serve as an escape. Slave To The Day calls Birmingham , Alabama their home. A city tucked in the natural foothills of the Appalachian Mountains , haunted by Indian burial grounds and old steel mills, artistic and full of culture, this city faced and still faces great adversity, and longs for a better future. These are the elements that whisper and inspire Slave To The Day.
Do they speak to you? Music is often called the “universal language.” But if music is a language, what can it express? Music is singularly capable of exploring how the future arises out of the past. How dependent is the future on the past? How much is remembered, how much forgotten? Are initial ideas self-sustaining, or do they require an influx of new elements? How fast does progress or transformation take place? What is the ultimate outcome? Words may describe time's passing but music enacts it for us. For instance, the greater the amount of repetition, the more the future is conditioned by what has already happened. If an idea returns literally, it speaks to its transcendence; if it is perpetually transformed, then it changes with the times.
A-type forms project continuity, A/B-forms disruption and change. Time’s passing is apparent to all of us: We measure it constantly; we see ourselves age, we suffer loss and celebrate renewal, we remember and predict. Yet physicists labor over a definition. Is time a fundamental property of the universe? Or is it just a by-product of the interaction of more basic laws? Does it even exist? Thanks to the limitless possibilities of music, composers bend and stretch time into sculptures for us to contemplate. As music is passed down and continues to be created all over the world, it becomes apparent what a rich and resilient material time is, and how much there is to say about its incorporeal flow. It is important to grasp, respect and articulate our own musical observations.
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