IX Timbral Microperspectives. 

Transformations with sound. Conclusion



*Note this is the final part of the introductory text!*





Into the self of the artist




Close to completing the project and reaching towards the end of 2020, I have realized that the artistic process of "Timbral Microperspectives" became the timbral embodiment of the set of memories, feelings, needs, and desires coming straight from the artist's soul. It was a documentation of a journey into the self of the artist and an attempt to understand the change and transformation of the human mind with each newly created music composition. I was not an uncommitted spectator of the process; I was equally a participant, responsible - consciously or subconsciously - for the element of change during the growth of artistic ideas, their realization, and final subjective artistic approval.


I have started this research by asking myself: How ultra-microscopic sound transformations expand sound perspectives through the process of music composition creation? The possible answers to that question are as follows:


-       the tiniest transformation of sound moves the focus point towards a different level of perceiving sonic events in music. It sharpens the perception of sound materials during the compositional process and redirects the possible ways for delivering the final score if noticed in advance. The process functions like timbral scanning, zooming the possible timbral solutions and filtering them by making fully aware decisions in the creative process;


-       noticing ultra-microscopic timbral details widens the palette for possible shading used in the creation of new music materials. It might subconsciously lead towards the new type of complexity in music, timbral complexity, which expands the catalog of available techniques for achieving a certain shade of sound. It also forces the performer to struggle to find adequate ways to achieve new timbral shades from the instrument;


-       the more an artist notices and actively catalogs the possible perspectives in the artistic development of certain compositions, the bigger the timbral awareness of creating and defining new paths for sound shaping. This notion is vivid, especially in lifelong learning, providing the artist with additional knowledge with the beginning of every next composition to follow;


-       finally and most importantly, perceiving ultra-microscopic sound transformations enables the composer to penetrate the true timbral-self and, through the perspective of reading out the meanings of lived experiences, implement these experiences as a sonic potential in the work of art. Reflecting on this phenomenon enriches the shape of music and dramatically increases the artwork's quality, becoming a fully spiritual entering of an artist's soul into the artistic product. This way, not only the artist undergoes the transformation with sound, but also the artwork sonically transforms with its master.




"Timbral Microperspectives" were a unique, and difficult at times, journey towards understanding my needs and desires as a composer. By analyzing the artistic processes of creating new compositions, putting myself in the middle of the equation, and trying to infiltrate my own thoughts as a stranger, I felt the transformation in my composing attitude, ways of working with sound, and have developed certain respect towards the notion of microperspective in music. The possibility of continuous self-development through the awareness of timbre and reacting to its inner whispers can mark the chance for another transformation ahead. It seems to me that the future paths to commence in compositional practice become a broadly open gate, welcoming to explore new trails through the microscopic lens with even greater intensity than before.