All sounds within our range of hearing are created by things visible or invisible, striking each other or vibrating together, creating pulsing waves which our ears and brain interpret as sound; bow and string, drum and stick, two vocal cords, etc. The “unstruck sound” is the sound that is not made by two things striking together; according to the ancients this sound is primal energy, the sound of the universe itself, G-d, Brahman, AUM. The Origin of Sound is a film about just that – what some call G-d, what others call Brahman, what we call sound.
The project began a few years ago in Austin, Texas when I met a musician by the name of Bill Baird. Bill’s relationship with music and sound is a decade long experiment. The guy is on a journey; and what’s best about his journey is he doesn’t seem to know where he is headed, nor does he seem to care. For Bill, the journey is the way, the process is the way, creation is the way, and the search is all that matters. I found this mantra, this way of life, unique, and I found it inspiring. So much so, that after an afternoon tea and discussion of India (we’d both been there in the same year), I asked him to join me on a quest to find the primordial sound, or as Bill would say, to find “nothing”, and as I would say, to find, “everything”.
Now, nearly 2 years later, after countless discussions on philosophy and pop culture, Joseph Campbell and Patrick Swayze, we're setting out on a journey to India, one of the world’s most complex and colorful places, on a pilgrimage to find Aum. To record G-d. To capture with a camera and microphone the magic that we believe exists in this world. We plan on bottling that back up and sharing it...with our wives, with our children, with our friends, our families, with everyone, with you.
We're approaching this Kickstarter campaign not only as way to conclude funding our project, but as a way to connect with you, our audience. We’ve built an online archive of our thoughts, reference materials, unreleased photographs, conversations, videos, music, journey maps, expedition details, information culled from countless sources all having to do with the themes and ideas described above. It’s something that we add to daily, and it’s there for your use as much as ours...(look for the username & password in your Kickstarter Inbox).
A special thank you and acknowledgment to the numerous people and organizations that have helped us along the way: Fuji Japan, Deluxe New York, Krishna Shukla & Sandy Huntington at Hartwick College, Bob Walter of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, The Henry Miller Library, Kurt at the Satchidananda Ashram, Tommy at The Esalen Institute, Nand Kumar and Stefano Boldorini of The Indian Association of North Italy.