7.[27-28].12 Resonance In Peace @ Newtown

Newtown presents
JULY 27+28 2012
4414 E. York Blvd. [near Eagle Rock Blvd]

Resonance In Peace

an experimental session of
sound performance therapy
by appointment mostly

M. VLATKOVICH Dr.sc.mus.
K. GRIFFITH Dr.sc.mus.

part of “Knock Knock…Sonic Surprise”

Friday, July 27, Noon to 7:00PM
Saturday, July 28, 3:30PM to 9:00PM

please RSVP for an appointment to: resonanceinpeace@gmail.com


6 dressing-room trailer parked on
4414 E. York Blvd. (near Eagle Rock Blvd)


Resonance in Peace

Remaining parts of an instrument discovered by Bud Wirpu, which he claims originated on the San Santos Islands created by the now extinct Xemi Indians, give the performer an overwhelming sense of peace and tranquility. We wish to share this experience with others and literally test these claims.

Today for the very first time we will have on display parts of this instrument and attempt to teach performance techniques. We will conduct a sound ceremony and then test Wirpu’s claims of peace and tranquility.


For Research Involving Resonating Peace

You will be asked to wear an eye-mask for the 10-15 minute session.

During this procedure, we will help facilitate your sensitivity arousal of the subject instrument. These exercises will include building models with wooden blocks and  interpreting and performing a score designed specifically for this event.

After we complete our tests, we would like to save any sound produced for future research and evaluation. Your soundbytes will be frozen. They will be catalogued by number. A fictitious name will also be assigned to each. The fictitious name will be generated from the telekinetic energy that the instrument emits. Results from your study samples will be used for research purposes only. You will not receive any test result information, nor will you benefit in any way from the resulting research.

*A certificate of completion will be awarded to each visitor who participates in this 10-minute session.


Research on the evolutionary origins of music mostly started in the second half of the 19th century, and was much discussed within Music Archaeology in the 20th Century. After the appearance of the collection of articles “The Origins of Music” (Wallin, Merker, Brown, 2000) the subject was a debated topic of human evolutionary history. There are currently many hypotheses (not necessarily conflicting) about the origins of music.

Some suggest that the origin of music likely stems from naturally occurring sounds and rhythms. Human music may echo these phenomena using patterns, repetition and tonality. Even today, some cultures have certain instances of their music intending to imitate natural sounds. In some instances, this feature is related to shamanistic beliefs or practice.[1][2] It may also serve entertainment (game)[3][4] or practical (luring animals in hunt)[3] functions.
Even aside from the bird song, monkeys have been witnessed to beat on hollow logs. Although this might serve some purpose of territorialism, it suggests a degree of creativity and seems to incorporate a call and response dialogue.

Explanations of the origin of music depend on how music is defined. If we assume that music is a form of intentional emotional manipulation, music as we know it was not possible until the onset of intentionality – the ability to reflect about the past and the future. Between 60,000 and 30,000 years ago humans started creating art in the form of paintings on cave walls, jewellery and so on (the “cultural explosion”). They also started to bury their dead ceremonially. If we assume that these new forms of behavior reflect the emergence of intentionality, then music as we know it must also have emerged during that period.

From a psychological viewpoint, the question of the origin of music is difficult to answer. Music evokes strong emotions and changed states of awareness. Generally, strong emotions are associated with evolution (sex and survival). But there is no clear link between music and sex, or between music and survival. Regarding sex, musicians often may use music to attract mates (as for example male birds may use their plumage to attract females), but that is just one of many functions of music and one of many ways to attract mates. Regarding survival, societies with a musical culture may be better able to survive because the music coordinates their emotions, helps important messages to be communicated within the group (in ritual), motivates them to identify with the group, and motivates them to support other group members. However it is difficult to demonstrate that effects of this kind can enhance the survival of one group in competition with other groups. Once music exists, effects of this kind may promote its development but it is unclear whether effects of this kind can explain music’s ultimate origin…

This piece is dedicated to Dorothea Grossman



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