Laws of impermanence teach you that everything is subject to change, everything is in a state of constant flux, changing its form into one thing or the other.. like the different states of water for example, taking different forms into solid, liquid and gas.. I don’t know where I’m going with this.. but it’s a biological as is a metaphysical truth.
How come we’re in the 21st century and no one has even thought of inventing a device that records ‘smells’. We have cameras taking pictures, recorders taking sounds, but nothing relating to ‘smells’. I went for a walk today by the sea and as I was crossing the tunnel, some ordinary-looking lad starts to light incense sticks and stick them on the sides. I come out of the tunnel facing the sea, my nostrils start to inhale the Iodine salt from the frothy sea. As I approach Stanley, sultry baking aroma from sale-sucre start to emerge. In Raml station, the air fragrant with the smell of mangoes and Guavas piled by street vendors as they sell the season’s fresh ripe fruits. I’ve been reading a lot about sound, sound art, cymatics and technologies advancing in that field, but what about other senses? Is it even plausible to record a certain smell and preserve it? And is it just me, or do smells withhold significant associations to our brains and memories? Like for ex, the smell of the old-fashioned “555 cologne” reminds me of my grandmother’s house. I need a scientific answer on this one.