Music is the word for inspiration this week. For fun I looked up the definition in Wikipedia from which I quote: "The border between music and noise is always culturally defined—which implies that, even within a single society, this border does not always pass through the same place; in short, there is rarely a consensus ... By all accounts there is no single and intercultural universal concept defining what music might be." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music
Music can be soothing, evoke feelings of nostalgia, joy, sorrow, and can transport one to a different place and time, and yes, sometimes is painful on the ears depending on who the listener is.
In a younger life I played bass clarinet. I drew on that experience when I began thinking about creating this piece of jewelry. As we learned a new piece it sounded awful ! All the notes swirling around without purpose or rhythm, it sounded like noise initially. After playing the piece again and again, practicing and refining - the result was magnificent, a perfect blending of instruments and time.
Here's a picture of the noise:
getting close to finished:
but it needed one more little bead before the final performance: