We can’t successfully numb emotion. Numb the dark and you numb the light.
Unexpected joy. It’s a subset of a feeling that many of us prize but haven’t quite defined. Programming our live events space during On Being's first year of independence, I've been thinking a good deal about how to create space for this elevated sensation. And I'm remembering back, thinking about all the wonderful flash mobs I've watched over and over, especially this very quiet scene on the Copenhagen Metro in 2012.
The Sjællands Symfoniorkester, aka the Copenhagen Phil, created a feeling of unexpected joy for the quiet commuters of Denmark (check out the woman’s expression at the 1:05 mark in the video) by playing Griegs Peer Gynt. But, how to capture the expressions and the fidelity of the sound? That’s where the brilliance of audio technicians from Radio Klassisk:
"The Copenhagen Metro is very quiet and the recording you hear is where the train is standing still. That’s why the recording you hear is so clean and crisp — and the sound is actually surprisingly good in the Copenhagen metro. We did this deliberately because we feel that a good sound experience is vital when trying to portray the actual experience that day. Further to the main recording, when the train was standing still, the recordings from the cameras was, as far as possible, mixed into the sound."
A friend once inquired if Gandhi’s aim in settling in the village and serving the villagers as best he could was purely humanitarian. Gandhi replied, “I am here to serve no one else but myself, to find my own self-realization through the service of these village folk.