Our first issue features work that explores the idea of music in its original formulation as musica, or muse: a longing, an unnamable desire to know. We experience music as a biorhythmic melancholia, the rhythmic utterance of all beings, that gives voice to the predicament of unknowing. Music unfolds in an unnamable region that restores us to our unruptured and continuous being. The mystery of music is its ability to profoundly move us even in its simplest manifestations. Bob Dylan’s “Shelter from the Storm” is three repeated chords with no bridge--simple stanzas, that nonetheless create a profound poetic experience that is greater than the sum of its parts.
We welcomed work that engaged with questions such as these:
What are the intersections between lived experience and the rhythmic?
How is musicality involved in life itself?
What is the role of music in the aesthetic of our everyday life?
What are the spiritual qualities of musicality in its various historical and cultural manifestations?
What is the relationship between vision or visuality and music?
What role does music play in the economy of power?