It was good to see their continued exploration into the oft neglected, oft tokenistic use of sound taking seriously clever shape on stage.
Sound is not only a physical entity in Silence, but it is a tangible one. It literally touches you.
On the way home from the theatre I would normally immerse myself in IPod Shuffle and block out the outside world, as far as possible.
But fresh from Filter’s artificial audible realities, I chose to listen to London Underground instead, for a bit. God it’s noisy horrible stuff.
Having said that, I’m not a big fan of silence.
I like to have music playing while I work, while I drive and often while I eat; but it’s often not to everyone’s taste, so it comes and goes.
I wish I could listen to music and read at the same time so I would read books more often, but reading has become something of a discipline since I have to turn the music off to do it.
For me, music is not background noise. No, background noise is something of a bugbear at the moment…
Outside, at the front of our office building, the scaffolding went up about a week ago. Re-rendering, or something.
All I know is that there’s been a hideous banging going on all day for several days now. Relentless, pounding and painful, it’s a bit like trying to meditate to dubstep.
Worryingly though, I think I’m getting used to it.
It’s consistent, it’s industrious and it’s making progress – hell, it’s a bit like me!
So as people return from meetings and I prepare to press pause on shuffle (ooh, there’s drilling now too!) I look forward to the weekend, when I will trade this soundtrack for another (birds, lambs, cows, more birds) .
And there, I can wonder what the middle section of this aural Venn diagram would sound like. Anything but silent.
Clair Chamberlain, Director, The Corner Shop PR