New Tracks From D1L

“Making electronic music is one of the most exciting things that I do.”

Everyone who’s ever thought about it should definitely give it a try. I don’t really know much music theory, and I am barely proficient with a guitar or piano, so ignorance is no excuse for people on the fence.

To me, listening to music is a sensorially circumambient experience, not just an auditory one. It is a creative experience whether you like it or not. It is a process of visualization, association, contextualization, abstraction, proprioception, recollection and emotive reaction. When you hear a sound, it is more than just a sound. It has a fixed or changing position within the visuo-auditory field, a texture, a structure (or multiple structures) to reverberate off of, and infinitely more characteristics that you can discover through listening to music or experimenting on your own.

When you are immersed within such a soundscape, you unconsciously associate images, emotions, memories, time and space with the sounds you are hearing and constructing a synesthetic experience within your own mind—an experience that is wholly unique. Discovering these unconscious associations has been incredibly fulfilling to me. That’s why I make electronic music. I will never be popular or make a lot of money by doing this, but it’s so much fun!”

—David Munkvold ’17

We want your music. Send submissions to thespark@macalester.edu.

 

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