Attack, Sustain, Decay; Infatuation

An envelope of sound is composed of the sound’s attack, sustain, and decay. Sound envelopes vary depending on the instrument and the player. Additionally, a player may use something to purposefully alter these components.

An infatuation is composed of consuming thoughts caused by illogical feelings of attraction. When these feelings begin, they are often intense. Usually, there is an obsessor and a person who the obsessor desires, with no clear reciprocation of the adoration.

Sound envelopes and infatuations are easily relatable.

The way a sound is initiated and how quickly it reaches its full volume is called the attack. Attacks can be either fast or slow, like the start of an infatuation. The feeling of propensity towards someone you barely know can be quick to devour you. On the other hand, it can also appear gradually, at first imperceptible until you catch yourself thinking about him/her, initially sporadic but consistently as the days persist.

Once a sound has reached its climax, the length of time that the sound will sustain is determined by the energy from its vibrations. When an infatuation reaches its peak, how long it continues is also dependent on pulsations within the obsessor. The gravity of the tremors felt upon seeing the one who is desired can make the sustain of infatuation seem perpetual. A sound’s sustain can be manipulated, as can the sustain of an infatuation. Conversing with him/her is a sustain pedal; briefly touching his/her arm is a sound loop.

A sound’s decrease in amplitude is its decay. The rate of decay can be sudden or slow and can depend on the location in which the sound exists. (In an average room a sound may decay quickly in comparison to the rate of decay in an open, unconfined area.) Infatuations also deteriorate as their magnitude lessens, and the speed of this decline can vary. Many things can aid this collapse, including location, distraction, and reciprocation. Location because infatuations may be quick to crumble if the object of desire is never present (out of sight, out of mind). Distraction because averting one’s attention to another is a common way to break the spell of fascination. Reciprocation because I imagine that the return of this feeling would create something greater than its original sound.

In any case, I enjoy hearing sounds and I appreciate being infatuated. Even when they cause pain in my eardrums or an ache in my chest. I’d rather feel everything than feel nothing at all.

One Response to “Attack, Sustain, Decay; Infatuation”

  1. Myra | Keep My Words Says:

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