Angst & The Empty Set

Angst & The Empty Set

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Liner Notes: 


Yeah, it's one of those abstract concepts that Philosophers (& even some Scientists) have a lot of problems with. The question of Nothingness is a huge problem in Metaphysics, Logic & even Epistemology (the Study of the Theory of Knowledge). Philosophers have grappled with the problem for millennia & don't seem to be any closer to an acceptable answer then they were back in Plato's day. The big question is: "Why is there something rather than nothing?" - which pretty much boils down to that ultimate Metaphysical quandary: "Why are we here?". From Plato & Aristotle, Réné Descartes & Martin Heidegger, even Bertrand Russell & Jean-Paul Sartre have contemplated how Nothingness fits into existence. It's a pretty deep topic, a rabbit hole (funny, that's one of the points discussed - holes LOL) I sort of went down last night before bed. I started reading a great article called Angst and the Empty Set ( & then graduated to a whole thesis on Nothingness from Stanford University's Philosophy Archive ( Both got into the nature of nothingness, whether it really exists or can exist (many say it can't). They delve into Philosophical, Physical & Mathematical proofs & problems to try to show how Nothing is such a big thing (it really is when you get into the depths of it). It was a good read (I know, not everyone's cup of tea).

So yeah, when you ask me what I did before bed last night, I can legitimately say: "Nothing" Lol

This morning I quickly decided that I would write a song called "Angst & The Empty Set" (just 'cos that sounds cool & the philosophical/mathematical/physical/psychological implications are so huge). Enter HG Fortune's amazing Astral Dreamer VSTi (apt since a big part of the Nothingness discussion centres around the true nature of "Space" & what exactly we mean by "Space between Objects"). And for the Angst, well - you knew my DigiTech Grunge would have a starring role ('cos what has more Angst than Grunge music? Lol ). I simply pressed record, and started playing. I hope I sort of captured the feeling. I think I did. But maybe this was all for…


See You In The Shadows…

Gear List
Fender Deluxe Stratocaster
Purple Jim Dunlop 0.96mm Plectorum
DigiTech Grunge Pedal
Behringer UMC404HD Audio Interface
Behringer FCB1010 MIDI Foot Controller
Candle's "Live" Jeskola Buzz Project"

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pokerowan's picture

Definitely has that outer space vibe! I just finished watching The Good Place so all these questions are fitting to my frame of mind right now. I love that step down into the lower minor/less pentatonic tab about a minute and a half in!!

dzd's picture

Gee just what I needed right before bed too! haha thanks for the links, will read while i listen Wink I'd say you nailed the theme with the atmosphere of this piece, will made great reading music, I'm a slow reader when I'm this sleepy had to listen twice! oh the agony! hahah...... Was half expecting 5 minutes of silence after reading the liner notes Wink !

HelioSonorouS's picture

Has some good deep thought moments, it has the space between to think and focus on the nothingness. I could also see the title of the piece working as a band name.