198 national anthems from the world’s countries arranged in a vertical,
symmetrical stack. Played for the duration with bell curve as defined parameter
with demarcation line representing point of departure to the - unattainable?
The longest – Uraguay’s begins and ends the audio with a nice, loping intro.
The shortest anthem from Qatar comes in a mere 36 seconds and is sandwiched
directly in the middle with most others as most anthems come in at a minute or
less. I was curious to see if at the apex, beyond the expected dissonant sounds
on the sides of the curve, there might be almost a pure, white nose. Static. It
comes close though.
Based on government tests (atomic blasts, plane military test crashes) we are
taken through a test – this time with themes closer to the human condition:
want, desire, and spiritual transcendence if you will. The parameters are already
set though. Could be construed as ultimately fatalistic and pessimistic. That’s