NOISES#Philip Mantione#Social Immune System
Title: Social Immune System
Duration: 9:58 Format: Stereo and 16 channel versions available
The work can be played in a concert setting or as an infinite loop in a sound installation (with speakers or headphones).
How would you describe this noise?
Social Immune System was created using the field recordings I made at the Occupy LA demonstrations (October 15, 2011) in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Included are voices from the protest including John Densmore (x-drummer from the Doors), Peter Joseph (founder of the Zeitgeist movement), text from a poem by Etheridge Knight (read by Densmore), text written and read by Joseph including a quote by John McMurtry which inspired the title of this piece.
The noise is there a relevant concept in your sound or musical work? Why?
“Make some noise!” is a cliche phrase in English used by entertainers to induce applause and vocalizations from an audience. The idea behind intentionally making noise is to call attention via the sheer amplitude and obtrusiveness of sound. Noise demands to be noticed and in the case of a public protest, organized noise can be a powerful tool for social change. So in this sense, sound can be a mechanism for calling attention to social injustice caused by corporate greed and entrenched hierarchical structures. What is noise to some, may be music to another.
Do you think the future of music is in noise?
If I were to strip away the political aspects of this work, the textual content and the societal ramifications, I would be left with sound in itself: rhythms, textures, densities, spectral dispersions and amplitude variations, etc. These are found sources, captured at the moment of occurrence and later combined, juxtaposed and minimally altered to retain the energy of the event. The question of noise necessitates a contemporary definition. In 1997 I moved to NYC and lived in a railroad apartment with radiator heat. It was “noisey” and unpredictable and at first annoying. I later used these sounds to compose a radiophonic piece called, Radiator, which I consider be one of my best works.
I would not presume to predict the future of music as others have done. While John Cage’s essay, “The Future of Music: Credo” remains a fascinating and influential historical document, all such manifestos eventually fall and are relegated as quaint ideas made obsolete by the exponential growth of technology. What does seem clear, based on historical data, is that the definition of noise is dynamic and constantly in flux and in that sense, noise may be the best sonic analogy we have for life itself.Philip Mantione has composed music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, computer, fixed media, bent circuits, interactive performance, multimedia installations and experimental video. He writes custom software in Max/MSP to create music that melds field recordings, sampling and computer generated sound into unique sonic textures. More info. at: www.philipmantione.com