This is part of Das Tor’s ongoing series, “Club Spotlight,” in which different Thunderbird clubs describe their mission, goals, and why students should consider joining their group.
Can you imagine that some of the very first things we, as human beings, started doing at the start of civilization was the making of noise? Initially, this drive was naturally ingrained into us, as it helped us to be alert to predators and thus contributed to our survival as a species. But we were just scratching the surface of how powerful noise can be. The power of sound was later translated into languages. However, I believe one of the most primitive manifestations of sound is still in existence today. In fact, it not only flourishes but also keeps expanding in our societies. This, of course, is none other than music itself.
I remember going to this concert in Bucharest, Romania, at the Roman Arenas (Arenele Romane). The Cat Empire was performing, and what I witnessed was a sheer explosion of joy. The Aussie band was exceptional in its way of delivering music to a captivated audience. I clearly remember this memory even to this day. At one point during the concert, the singer introduced a caesura (pause) in the middle of the song “How To Explain” and repeatedly shouted to the screaming crowd, “Music is the language of us all!”
A more clear message could not have been communicated. And indeed, as simple as this may sound, I truly believe music is the one real universal language keeping societies alive. Just like neurons send information back and forth through their synapses, the power of sound does the same. A sender and a receiver. That’s how the universe functions and makes sense of its surroundings. A world without music is like seeing in black and white.
Thunderbird School of Global Management forms a plethora of clubs and programs forwarding its vision, mission, and values. These clubs are immensely diverse and tackle many important aspects in global business, societies, and environments. However, we need to remember three commonalities, which bring people and entire communities together. These are foods, beverages, and last but definitely not least, music. When we encounter new cultures, these three facets create the perfect ensemble for all types of individuals to become one. Promoting Thunderbird’s vision of a world with sustainable and equitable prosperity, Global Sounds is the school’s musical club and band. We are all about embracing music-related topics across the globe and creating sound to unite us as T-birds.
Thunderbird Global Sounds is the newest addition to ASU’s rich array of clubs. The club will start practicing music at Thunderbird’s new global headquarters, where a state-of-the-art green room will be available for reservation. This will be Global Sounds’ studio room whenever we will get together and play music. We just have to be a little bit more patient until the construction has been fully finalized at our new building. Furthermore, Thunderbird has provided Global Sounds with an entire storage of high quality instruments. It is a pure gold mine for the music enthusiast. We have several electro-acoustic guitars; a groovy Fender U.S.-made Stratocaster with a whammy; a serious, heavy-duty Fender Precision Bass; a complete drum set; and many more. We even have a sitar and a ukulele for some crazy twists in musical genres. Add some electric keys to the mix, and you’ve got yourself a fully nuanced package for creating music.
Global Sounds is all about following a new mindset within the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We like to help and support other clubs as well. It is all about following a cross-lateral integration in transdisciplinary outreaches. Thunderbird clubs should not operate in silos for obvious reasons. Therefore, we enjoy promoting our own unique perspectives and passions, giving us a genuine sense of collaboration across departments. For instance, you may have noticed Global Sounds performing live music during one of Global Moves’ events. Wherever people are, music follows.
Looking into the near future, and as we continue in the Fall 2021 semester, Global Sounds is in the process of reconstructing our music band. Last year’s members all graduated, and now we are on the lookout for talented musical T-birds willing to suit up and string a chord or two together. Global Sounds is for everyone, whether you are an instrument enthusiast and an adept musician or simply want to learn about instruments and practice them. Even if you just want to listen to our diverse range of music genres from across the planet, make sure to pop by at the new campus or reach out to Global Sound’s president (me) with any questions.
Finally, Global Sounds is looking at performing at regional nights this fall. This will be such an exciting opportunity to connect as we launch our brand new headquarters, filled with amazing T-birds from across the world. We will be combining forces by hosting fellow T-bird alumni wishing to play a few songs. Stay tuned for more on that.
In the meantime, Global Sounds is on Instagram @thunderbird_global_sounds. Make sure to follow us and send us your likes and love. We appreciate this, as it will help us gain momentum and expand our coverage for musical listening. Check out some of our photos below as well.