The event opened at 19:00. The presence of TV cameras and press arm bands demonstrated the buzz it was generating. There was a warm-up time before the performances began, and guests could enjoy free drinks. When I started to head to the order counter, I was told the staff would serve us, so I ordered champagne. I got carried away and drank several glasses one after another. Glancing at one of my friends, I saw that he also had champagne in one hand and was happily chatting with the woman next to him. Everyone was enjoying the unusual atmosphere.
Right about the time I suddenly began feeling the effects of the alcohol, the really unusual part began. Donning eye masks, we were thrown into the darkness, into a world where nothing existed but sounds flowing from high definition speakers.
This is a personal thing, but I sometimes find that if I close my eyes during a live music performance, I can enter a world of pure sound. The enjoyment of visual aspects is a part of live music, and I’m sure artists also perform with that intention. But there is definitely some aspect of sound that becomes visible when you close your eyes.
Remaining in my seat, I continued to face the front and listen intently to the music. I had gotten drunker, but I did not fall asleep. I’m sure I didn’t fall asleep, and yet I was surprised when I saw the public set list. Even though there are a lot of familiar songs and even songs I like listed there, I have no memory at all of having heard them at the event. Did I fall asleep, or was I just focused on feeling the particles of sound beyond those songs? I hope to go to the second session to investigate that question.