Miguel Isaza
Sunday 17 July 2016
Ethereal Fortore, Day 5: Numinous signals

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Waking up in the morning was already a curious listening experience. Without being able to get completely out of sleep, but still present in listening, somehow I heard distant fireworks that so early in the morning predicted the continuation of the feast of Saint Antonio, but also in the kind of depth it features, it generated multiple states, perhaps motivated by hypnagogic dituation, which offers new dimension to the sound, an ethereal Fortore. Then I went to church for the first morning mass. Not being a practitioner of Catholicism and not fluidly understanding Italian, the experience of listening to a religious ritual of this type becomes quite mysterious but equally interesting because it allows me a deep listening where I’m not personally looking something through sound and can also cross the semantics to stop focusing to certain qualities of sound, space and its possibility in the invisible listening.

This does not mean to ignore the numinous meaning of sound practice, but actually going to its nakedness. In fact, coming from a mainly Catholic culture as colombian, I somehow understand the role of prayer, the songs and the different movement sequences, where a whole convergence of elements in the transmutation between the divine and the mundane is given. Much of my interest in the ether is precisely driven by the conception of classic cultures, whre it is featured by a conception of ether as the celestial element, divine substance, expressed in subtle energy states in which earth and sky connect. Therefore I consider sound as being so important in these religious contexts, because it is a dimension quite deep not merely by the intentionality and soteriology involved in the process, but above all, how it allows us to access these immaterial worlds. In spiritual practice is quite normal the idea of sound not only as a bridge to communicate with the transcendent, but above all, the possibility of listening as a way encountering with the mystical dimension that we all carry beyond expressions as religious ones.

There is present particularly in a conception of architecture as a body of divinity which is expressed not only in the visually perceived ornaments or the markings of a sacred geometry, but how these places serve as resonant bodies with their own voice, not mere amplifiers of what is said, but portals where echoes exceed the threshold of the air and listening speak of other realms. Not mere historicity, not mere spelling, not mere technique, not mere belief. There is a deep technology in these spaces that in one way or another has a contemplative attitude where the sound turns to be an engine of a silent vehicle.

However, it was gratifying for me to hear another demonstration that followed hours after the Mass: the procession of Saint Antonio, which is made by going around all over the town, and while walking under a particular forms, the hundreds of people also walk into vibration, floating in listening trails, exploring the streets as acousmatically integrated into the village. Impossible not to find the similarity to the credo I was listening in the church, where besides considering created visible, they also “believe in the creator of all invisible things.” which are those?