In Karachi, Pakistan, very early in the morning, you hear the birds. Then, around seven, buses and rickshaws tune in. Then more and more people. They don’t talk here, they yell. Later in the day, when I record my music, I cannot block these sounds completely because I live in a commercial, non-residential area. When you listen to my music very carefully, you can hear them. They are sampled in, unintentionally. A quote by Pakistani musician Daniel Arthur Panjwaneey aka Alien Panda Jury from the Norient book Seismographic Sounds (see and order here).
I guess growing up around that noise adapted me to noisy sound textures. I find beauty in dissonance. I feel a different calm when I listen to layers of different sounds and absorb the different frequencies together. The sometimes soothing effect it generates is amazing. It is how I find peace in this noisy city. Music does not need to be beautiful and fine-tuned, as most people here would expect.
Sounds by Daniel Arthur Panjwaneey aka Alien Panda Jury
This quote was recorded by Thomas Burkhalter in Karachi, Pakistan on 13.6.2014 and published first in the second Norient book Seismographic Sounds. Click on the image to know more.
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