There are just some things that words can’t adequately describe. However, this doesn’t stop us from trying. The tools available, nouns, adjectives, verbs, etc. are often deployed anyway and on some occasions in contradiction to their own meaning. Take for example Static Motion by Voga. The two words of the title live in antithesis to one another and act as a launchpad for contemplating Voga’s ephemeral effects.
Whenever I see an artist or musician use words that contradict themselves my interest is always piqued because it’s a symptom of the sublime. It tells me that someone is trying to somehow express something ineffable. It’s logical that contradictions like this usually appear in titles to works of art, music, film, and literature. After all, art is the home for transient meanings and nuanced perceptions.
What does Static Motion mean?
Like its title, Static Motion’s music has a dualistic character. In fact, the album is filled with conceptual dissonance. For example, it’s both hot and cold as bright strings blend with the warming crackle of vinyl records. It’s synthetic and analog as repeating synth tones pulse through piano, cello, and violin. It’s big and small as dust, dirt, and minutiae are amplified. It’s elegant and then rough as negative space is truncated by the clunk of machinery and the creak of a performer adjusting posture. Static Motion is characterized by its contradictions.
Even Voga’s album art shares this duality and aligns with the character of Voga’s sound. The visuals by graphic designer and artist Aaron Rinas blends the purity of geometric and non-objective shapes with the impermanence of wabi-sabi. The sleeve typography encourages eye movement from one letter to the next, reinforcing the idea of static motion. It strongly illustrates the transience that exists in Voga’s compositions.
You music is saturated with strange textures and unusual sounds. What are they?
Voga’s music exemplifies the contradiction at the root of the Contemporary Classical genre. It exists both inside and outside of the conventions of traditional Classical music. This is what makes the genre so exciting. It gives musicians the freedom to experiment and pioneer new effects within a traditional framework. The message in Voga’s music is clear, all genres are in motion, even classical, because music is fundamentally divorced from static barriers of language and is in its very essence ineffable.
Composed and produced by Voga
Recorded by Dennis Patterson, Brady Kendall, Voga
Piano and synth by Voga
Violin performed by Alex Toskov
Viola performed by Laurence Schaufele
Cello performed by Raphael Weinroth-Browne
Mixing by Voga
Mastering by Taylor Deupree
Track 2 co-produced and composed with Bedroom
Track 8 co-produced and composed with Alaskan Tapes
Artwork by Aaron Rinas
Photography by Justin Athanas, Jamie McSorley