Albert Einstein had many theories. One of his most interesting and compelling theories was also one of his first; the Space-Time Theory. In simple terms, “Space-time is a mathematical model that joins space and time into a single idea called a continuum”1
Einstein created this theory to help us understand how the galaxy works and how atoms work with both being essential, important, and understandable within one theory or idea.
We will be exploring space and time through the lens of electronic music; when did it start, how has it evolved, and why is it important to us today. This moves Einstein’s theory from the Maths and Sciences into a humanistic space where we consider the space-time continuum as a representation of the big and small things that have happened, are happening, and will happen.
One of my favorite quotes: “What is is the was of what shall be”2 will guide our work as we investigate how early forms of electronic music influenced the electronic forms we have today and look to what electronic music might look like in the future.
- Bynner, Witter. The Way of Life. Perigee Books: 1944.
Arrival is a film released last year that investigates the suspension of Space and Time while telling a story of alien visitation…if you haven’t watched it…you should!
Watch the trailer: