“Keep your positive thoughts, because your thoughts become your words. Keep your positive words, because your words become your actions. Keep your positive actions, because your positive actions become your positive habits. Keep your positive habits, because your positive habits become your principles. Keep your positive principles, because your positive principles…become your fate.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Don’t think that a morning glory flower is the most beautiful. Don’t think that the rose is the most beautiful of flowers. Don’t think that the wisteria is the most beautiful, or the peony. All the lives are beautiful. Everything in the Universe is beautiful.” – Masaharu Taniguchi
The Sign of Us Project started some time ago, with an idea that kept hunting be, about the comprehension of our part in the universe, and the understanding of our role. The search for this comprehension can drive us to diverse ways… in an internal and external pursuit to the understanding of the micro and the macro. In my quests, I have always had the clear idea that there is a subtle and simple smile in everything, as if it was a signature. I can understand the connections between these people and certain things, and this reading allowed me to notice the presence of this intelligence, ours or from the others, that leaves this trace, this signature or symbol in all the things.
I understand that words are not my best tool to express this understanding. Music, to me, can be more profound, and musicalize, instead of verbalize, is what drives me closer to this comprehension. Maybe that’s why I never really wanted to add lyrics to my music. Instead, all I want as to evocate melody, harmony and rhythm, which were enough to reach part of this whole. I see shapes, harmonies and patterns in many things, in music and in arts. Both in poetry, as in architecture, in gestures and, above all, in people. I think when we interact through art in any of our day-by-day activities, we add harmony to them, connecting ourselves to the original comprehension, the cosmos.
When I first started composing the music of this album, they would be called Sinus. In an electronic instrument called synthesizer, sinus is one of the basic waves. But, the history takes back to a further past. The word sinus has latin origin, and means sinusoidal. The sinusoidal wave to which I wanted to refer to is the fundamental wave, which can represent all the other waves (functions) through addition, something reached and shown by Fourier. Is music, it is all very intuitive. The combination of harmonies occurs long since. The musical understanding that the combination of sound waves would originate new harmonies dates back to Pythagoras.
This fundamental principle, which comes from a simple function attributed to a circle, has always fascinated me. Studying the functions and learning that the addition of these sinusoidal functions would compose all the other forms, brought me the idea of a signature, a fundamental signature. In this case, the sinusoidal wave being the base-signature of all the other waves ever created. However, the name Sinus was still incomplete. There was something missing, something that allowed a more effective comprehension, in a verbal way. Sinus, then, became Sign of Us, through an insight I had. Like a déjà vu. The idea then became clear and all the other things were connected, becoming meaningful. The intuition lead to a change.
Despite religions, I Always had faith in the existence of a superior being that commands the universe and all things. Some call this power God, others Buda, other simply don’t believe, and make themselves their own god. What I thought was to use music to search for this musical connection with these “signatures” I have mentioned, which are part of our lives and give us their affinity. We find it presence in all things, in friendships, in the nature, in the air we breathe. Fibonacci found sequences in Math that repeat themselves in nature. The same way Benoit de Maldebrot found through fractals that the micro repeats the macro, in its infinite dimensions. That means there is a pattern, a ‘signature’ or ‘sign’, that exists and coexists in its infinite representations..
I see the universe as a set of harmonic frequencies. Through Quantum Physics or through String Theory, we can see patterns of waves and frequencies that Interact and define what matter is and what reality is. What is a set of harmonic frequencies but a music pattern? The difference is only in what gives soul and purpose to the music. While some see coincidences or simply patterns, why not look beyond and see a certain providence.
Through music, I can see a purpose, a defined idea. I see the universe as the greatest composition of this superior being and, from that, I see the purpose. I think present, future and past are already defined in a superior dimension, and that is why what we create coexists with what was already created. We ask permission in an “intuitive” way to access this information. Intuition, as well mentioned by Blaise Pascal, that allows us to have reasons of which reason knows nothing, making us listen to the voice of our heart.
What is intuition but the voice of our supreme being, telling us not to waste time with rational explanations? But it is important to separate what is truly good from what is bad. So, I believe when we are connected to this superior Harmony, we have the understanding of all things. Sign of Us represents this attempt to connect with the universe and comprehend it, which I believe we can do through music. I think music has a decisive and definitive role, as it represents the portrait of a soul, in a level rationality would never reach.
Dlaivison began his studies e developed his musical talent yet as a child through piano classes. Disciplined and perfectionist, because of his parents’ influence, from early age he developed the bias of musical composition in a natural and intuitive way, as well as many times through his dreams. He grew a refined taste over classical music, new age, going through the strands of progressive rock to electropop, but always searched to maintain a modern and timeless characteristic. Dlaivison from this point already begun to build his musical identity. Always fond of technology, in his personal studies and in his personal profile, great artists who emerged with the differential of new musical technology, as sound synthesizers, since the 80s already were a part of his influences and inspirations. The idea of using technological resources becomes only a way to stand the thought about an idea and make tangible the sonority of his inspirations in the form of music. Today his musical identity as an artist reveals another’s thoughts, and confirms his timeless way to compose. His music brings back the most pure pattern of sounds and instruments through technology.Dlaivison