Non Serviam

by VAVABOND

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「Non Serviam」by VAVABOND
Recorded during March to May, 2019

Gears: three hacked inductors, a IKEA ceiling light, a BEHRINGER mixer, a MacBook Pro, an iPhone X, an iPhone 6s

「恕不伺候」
VAVABOND
录于 2019 年 3 月至 5 月

设备:3 个改装电感,1 盏宜家吊灯,1 个百灵达调音台,1 台苹果笔记本电脑,1 部 iPhone X 手机,1 部 iPhone 6s 手机

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Wei Wei, a.k.a VAVABOND, laptop noise/improvisation musician.
Also member of the psychedelic noise group “VagusNerve” and free improvised duo “Mind Fiber”.
Process meaningless and fragmented sounds in a nonlinear-time approach.

Wei Wei, a.k.a. VAVABOND,笔记本噪音/自由即兴乐手。
除个人计划外,也是迷幻噪音乐队“迷走神经”和自由即兴二人组“Mind Fiber”的成员。
在非线性时间上处理破碎而无意义的声音。

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It's been several years since I firstly adopted inductors into my music making. Inductors are sensors for electric currents. By using them as sound pickups, I got interesting sounds and boring sounds from all kinds of electronic equipment, such as mobile phones, digital cameras, laptops, lights, plug boards, elevators, etc. The stronger and the more complex the electric currents there are, the more abundant and varied the sounds will be.

In this album, I mainly included electronic equipment related to my daily work for improvisation, my old laptop, my phone, my mixer, etc. It is impossible to get them totally under control – what I got was quite possible not what I had expected. As sensors, inductors are very sensitive. Temperature, humidity, the angles I pointed the inductors, the content I read on the phone, the brightness the digital camera shot… all rendered different outcomes. I mean, you can generally know what you are looking for and how you can get it, but you cannot predict accurately about what they will give you. Just imagine the electric currents that are running through tens of thousands of chips with in them, which makes them “sound”. I’m not saying that those electric equipment involved in this album are livings with intelligence, but they are equivalent as contributors and collaborators. We are on the same level shoulder by shoulder when facing to the sounds, the noise, the void.

Through such a mechanism, I got just the “right” thing. The magic of improvisation. But who made it? Me? Or the inductors and the electronic equipment? Or some higher existence beyond me and them?

In Stanislaw Lem’s story “Non Serviam”, the conscious software reaches a level of complexity of thought very similar to humans till the point of wondering about their hypothetical creators. When being asked about whether the conjunction of these incoherencies might not be love, it (he) replies, “To one who does not exist surely it is not possible to do either a service or an injury; and if the Creating One; in His omniscience, knows beforehand that the one created will be grateful to Him and love Him or that he will be ungrateful and deny Him, He thereby produces a constraint, albeit one not accessible to the direct comprehension of the one created. For this reason nothing is due God; neither love nor hate; nor gratitude, nor Rebuke, not the hope of reward, nor the fear of retribution. Nothing is due Him. …One begins to suspect that maybe He is not almighty. A God not almighty would be deserving of feelings akin to pity, and indeed to love as well; but this, I think, none of our theodicies allow. And so we say: We serve ourselves and no one else.”

我采用电感制作音乐已有几年时间。电感是用来侦测电流的感应元件。我用它们作为拾音器,从各种电子设备上录制了一些有趣的声音,也有很多无聊的声音,例如移动电话、数码相机、笔记本电脑、电灯、插线板、电梯等等。电流越强、越复杂,得到的声音就会越丰富、越多样。

在这张专辑中,我主要使用了与我日常工作有关的电子设备进行即兴,我的很老的笔记本电脑,我的手机,我的调音台等等。想要让这些设备完全在我的控制下发声是不可能的——我所得到的很可能并不是我所期待的。作为感应器,电感是很敏感的。温度、湿度、电感的指向、我在手机上浏览的内容、数码相机拍摄的亮度等,都会导致完全不同的结果。我的意思是,你大概能知道你想要什么样的声音,也知道怎样去得到这样的声音,但你无法准确预测这些电器会给你什么声音。想象一下电流在这些电器中的成千上万个小芯片里流动吧,正是这电流让它们“发声”。并不是说这张专辑中使用到的电器是某种有着智识的生物,但它们是贡献者和合作者。在面对声音、面对噪音、面对虚空时,我们是肩并肩站在同一层级之上的。

通过这样的机制,我得到了“恰好”的结果。即兴的魔法。谁施展的呢?
我?抑或电感和电器?抑或高于我和它们的更高存在?

在斯坦尼斯拉夫·莱姆的故事《恕不伺候》中,有了意识的软件体已经发展到与人类思想几乎等同的高度,开始思索它的造物者。在被问及创世行为自成一体的不连贯性是不是爱时,它(他)回答:“对于不确切存在的人,不可能效劳或者伤害;要是全知的造物主预先知道所造物会感激自己,爱自己,或者会忘恩负义,拒绝自己,因此而制造一个限制,尽管所造物不能直接理解。正因为此,什么也不欠上帝的:没有爱憎,没有感激,没有非难,不希望回报,不惧怕报应。什么也不欠。……怀疑油然而生,也许上帝不是全能的。并非全能的上帝理应得到类似怜悯的感情,还有类似爱的东西;但是我认为,我们的各种神正论根本不允许这样。于是我们说:我们侍奉自己,不侍奉别人。”

— VAVABOND

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