Sonic Spectralities

Sketches for a Prolegomena to Any Future Xenosonics


In space, according to a famous tagline, no one can hear you scream. In death, likewise, it might be assumed, there can be no audition as such because there is no organ or instrument to audit sound—no tool to either record or transmit a scream that would, anyway, be absent because, in death, there is no voice or machine to even produce a scream. The same, it might be argued, would therefore apply to sounds other than screaming, whether, say, cosmic pulses and intervals or ghostly matrices of sonic crystals emerging from the angelic exertions of celestial mechanisms, or impossible conversations across the ether. And yet our collective post-simian intelligence has consistently reached out for or projected these kinds of sound events in and beyond death and deep space…