sculpture and butterflies

Subject: sculpture and butterflies
From: Kevin Austin (
Date: Fri Feb 25 2005 - 20:34:26 EST

At 7:13 PM +0000 2/24/05, Rick wrote:
> >> tempo, meter, underlying structural grid
>what about meter-less grids? say, a piece in one measure 500 beats
>long? jess messin...

The grid remains, but it is not hierarchical in its segmentation.
Quadruple time would have some form of emphasis every four "ticks"
(sic), and a standard polka would have emphasis every two ticks for
the meter, and a higher level tick every 8 for half phrases, and
another level every 16 for the "8 bar"phrase structure.

>Something ealier was said about sculpture being time based. Was that
>referring to something in particular? Not bas relief or marble people
>or brass 3D? noyes? I don't get it.

I followed up on this as much sculpture cannot be fully seen from one
position, and time (and memory) are required to be able to "assemble"
the (structure and) meaning of the object.

This could also be understood in ways similar to a multi-channel
point-source speaker system where it is not possible to hear
'everything' from any one position. An early example of this is John
Cage and Lejaren Hiller's HPSCHD, or the second movement of Ives'
Fourth Symphony (although there is a piano version of parts of this
as 'The Celestial Railroad' (Naxos 8.559221).

And the Butterfly

The 3D brass faces are interesting in creating the illusion of
dimension in very little space. Maybe someone here can direct me to a
site where I can get more information on a large 'face of the
laughing Buddha' I saw in Bar Harbor Maine, where the face while
seeming to 'protrude' is in fact 'carved into' the bronze. (a small
photo of it is below). Amazingly, with this technique, the eyes
follow the viewer, and are always looking at you!

I recently spoke with a friend who reported that their father would
have many radios scattered around the living room all tuned to the
same station, and the sound was somewhat surreal. This would be an
acoustical illusion created by a complex wavefront that the ear/brain
would simply love to decode (loss of stereo image aside).



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