A new Suss Müsik piece entitled “Noumenon” is now available for listening on SoundCloud. The piece features the contributions of New Orleans saxophonist Stephen J. Gladney, who brings a jazz-inspired phrasing that strongly recalls the work of Pharoah Sanders. Suss Müsik is moving into more lyrical, somewhat emotional territory where it’s possible to actually hear instruments in the mix. We are excited about this direction and expect further collaborations to lift the material further.
In case you’re wondering, the title derives from philosophical concept by Immanuel Kant, literally intended to mean “the thing in itself.” A noumenon is something that exists independently of how it appears to our senses. The larger idea is to define what stands on its own versus humankind’s capacity to act as an agent of change. Now you know.