Some background: Last year I traveled to the Bay Area to meet some long lost relatives. That alone was a cosmic experience.
But I was particularly shaken -- and not just physically -- while traveling on the rapid transit system from the airport to Oakland. The sound -- the pure noise, if you will -- that the train makes, especially as it passes through its long tunnel beneath the bay, is extraordinary. Not only almost painfully loud, but the otherwordly microtonal polyharmonics and polyrhythms that emanate from the rails chilled my soul.
I recommend that you put everything aside for 11 minutes, put on some headphones, turn the volume up to maximum, and then sit back as this video plays. Close your eyes to fully appreciate the subtle, metamorphing complexity of the sound.
...There, wasn't that effing amazing? I could not help, as I sat there in my train seat, but be reminded of the dramatic, magnificent cacophony of Gyorgy Ligeti's "Requiem," popularized in "2001: A Space Odyssey." (Here's the pertinent excerpt.)
...Interestingly, many scenes accompanying the Ligeti look remarkably like you're travelling down a cosmic tunnel...
While we're at it, here's another terrific maelstrom of a composition that I was reminded of during that ride, by the European group, Magma.
...And magma of course is known to create "lava tubes."
|(Photo from http://www.campingroadtrip.com/outdoor-living-newsletter-august-2012/best-caves-and-caverns)|