Since I was a teenager and first read about String Theory, I have been fascinated by it, wanting to understand the internal resonances that connect all things. “String 9,” from Canadian composer and sound artist France Jobin’s new-old work, 10-33 cm revisited, explores these concepts through refined sonic creations. Initially released in 2008, the original has been remastered by Lawrence English and expanded upon by Jobin for this new edition. As Jobin explains, “Resonance is the vibrational pattern, which determines what kind of particle the string is, and thus the type of particle is the movement of the string and the energy associated with this movement.” Within these aural confines, an understanding begins to take shape. Fluid tonal sequences move as though they’re breathing; the rise and fall shifts as time expands. Our minds drift into smaller spaces, but even as Markus Heckmann’s excellent video helps us grasp this scale with changing patterns and captivating motion, with Jobin’s sounds guiding our thoughts, the tiniest sonorities become expansive interconnected worlds. It’s a beautiful, horizon-broadening investigation.
10-33 cm revisited will be released May 5 by Room 40. Pre-order HERE.