We live in times of a gigantic overproduction of all sorts 
of goods: words, pictures, sounds, and also .... music. This 
situation forces the artists - people characterised by a 
particular sensitivity to the vibrations of the outer world -
to confront the question whether it makes sense to continue 
creating more works of art. In this unbridled deluge of words, 
ideas and actions, important voices may go unnoticed. 
Couldn't we try to create reality by subtracting the existing 
values instead of adding new ones? Let's "tidy up" this chaos! 
Wouldn't it be the most responsible attitude that an artist 
could adopt at present?

The definition of music... Fortunately, there is no complete 
definition of music; it is not feasible to write an algorithm 
or a computer program enabling us to create music. We can 
assume roughly, however, that music is an act of putting some 
order into the sounds of the surrounding world by tacking new 
sounds to the existing. An absolute silence does not exist in 
our dimension of reality. Even in a complete void, like that 
of the outer space, we can hear our heart beat, the throbbing 
of blood in our arteries, etc. (I purposely ignore the huge 
sphere of imagined sounds). Thus, music always has a context 
or a background to it.

What if we try to arrange this world not by bringing in 
additional values but rather by subtracting them?

For sculptors, two methods of artistic creation are obvious:
one consists in the forming of a sculpture by adding some 
clay, plaster or metal; and the other involves subtraction 
of wood or rock; shaping blocks of rock or wood to give 
a sculpture its intended form. Is an analogous process of 
shaping the sounds possible? "Hewing" the noise to shape 
the musical form...

My intuition suggests that, yes, it is possible. But do we 
have proper instruments for such a task? Do we have 
instruments that can absorb sounds (so called reversional 
instruments). In contrast to traditional musical instruments 
that emit sounds, the reversional ones would have an 
ability to absorb only a portion of the sound spectrum that 
is specific to them and variable in time. I am convinced 
that the making of such instruments is just a matter of time, 
considering the pace of present-day technological advancement.

This invention -- the invention of reversional instruments -- 
would allow for music to be brought into areas and spaces 
which are inaccessible so far to it: noisy streets, factory 
shop floors, train stations, etc. (I can imagine a concert 
taking place on the street during rush hour.) But this music 
cannot be a simple reproduction (mirror-like) of traditional 
music; new musical quality is needed, that is reverse music.

Ryszard Latecki