As a creative chemist, Gwen loves experimentation in both science and the arts. She is currently working in a bakery in Gothenburg. Her life goal is to create art in order to promote human rights, animal rights and environmental sustainability.
Are there metaphysical driving forces in the universe, invisible threads that sew people, experiences and emotions together in seemingly random, yet intricately beautiful, patterns? Are there underlying energies, almost imperceptible to the human mind, like a bassline meandering around 20 Hz, that make highly chaotic states emerge in astounding harmonies?
By far the most fascinating phenomenon pointing towards a YES is a globally, even interplanetary, recognised language: music, a ubiquitous essence of life. Even on an atomic scale, scientists are looking at anharmonic oscillators, molecular vibrations and overtones. Physical bridges may collapse as a result of resonance, whereas the figurative resonance of an idea with many people can lead to the building of new bridges, unhindered by stereotypes connected with religion, age or nationality. Harmonies are everywhere, from Fibonacci sequences in sunflowers and fractals in cauliflowers to melodies in language, and the universe is inviting all of us to follow its creative flow.
Since the day I was born, my personal flow experience has been closely tied to classical and synthesizer music. Juxtaposed with the strict corset of classical music interpretation, electronic music has taught me an invaluable lesson: there are no limits to what you can create. Any seeming borders are merely orientation vectors in a highly complex, all-connected system. Likewise, in operas and songs, music and language are seamlessly interconnected. Loving both, I knew I wanted to create some beautiful songs myself, but first I needed to learn more.
What makes a song perfect? Having recently discovered the works of the Helsingborg-based futurepop band Covenant, I soon learned that Sweden holds the record for the highest number of pop hits per capita in the world. It seems no coincidence that the English name for the Öresund, a strait between Sweden and Denmark where Helsingborg is situated and which the Swedes lovingly call its ‘pearl’, is ‘the Sound’. One key factor to success seems to have been the Swedish language with its soft rhythm and melody – so I decided to study it and moved to Sweden.
Planting a grain of music in Sweden’s fertile creative soil has come with rich rewards: a fantastic summer working as a museum guide at Birgit Nilsson’s childhood home, countless classical concerts and electronic music festivals, and a blooming garden of inspiring artists, lifelong friends and even a romantic partnership. Although I have not yet conquered my fears and inhibitions keeping me from making music myself, my quality of life and happiness have already increased exponentially, for which I am eternally grateful.
Watering the flowers in my garden, I look into the blinding dark of the future. Although my path is hardly discernible, and although many battles with myself remain to be fought, I walk ahead with a smile… because music will always guide me in the right direction.