“Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?” is an electronic piece written specifically for listening while on a Long Island Railroad Train running between Jamaica, Queens and Penn Station, New York. It is somewhat of a personally experienced installation. It is recommended that the listener sit in a window seat and remain extremely observant. Awareness of external sounds and movement is also suggested, however, a more meditative approach may also be taken. At some points, the two may even go hand in hand. I suggest an express train. I also suggest reframing from listening to any other music before or after this piece, at least during this specific segment of ones journey.
All of these sounds come from a single short sound source of tapping on glass. We are often most intimate with glass when riding the train; we are protected in our own little world by this translucent liquid barrier. An imperfect palindromic form encompasses the piece and represents the glass. It also represents a round trip journey, where during the return everything is very different.
Although the title is taken from the bible, the piece is not necessarily intended to be religious. It is, however, intended to provoke thought and reflection.
I have not affiliation with the Long Island Rail Road or the MTA. I have no affiliation with any religious organization. I am not responsible for any injury or inconvenience that may be caused as an alleged result of listening to, or attempting to listen to this piece. I am not responsible for any injury or inconvenience that may be caused as an alleged result of following or attempting to follow this piece’s complementary instructions. Please listen responsibly.
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© 2012 by B.P. Cook