Re: Quick guide to postmodernism (was: Re: Gibson


Subject: Re: Quick guide to postmodernism (was: Re: Gibson
From: lawrence casserley (leo@chiltern.demon.co.uk)
Date: Tue Oct 04 2005 - 17:49:31 EDT


On 4 Oct, 2005, at 20:54, Richard Wentk wrote:

> For example - if I play a C today and a D tomorrow, the analogy will
> still be there. But I'd guess the direct experience won't be. So
> what's changed? Apparently it's not just a conceptual simulation, but
> a somatic one. And if it's somatic one, it's no longer just about
> story telling and semantics, but something else.
>
Once, a very long time ago, with a group of students who were just as
mad as I was, we listened to the whole of Wagner's Ring Cycle straight
through (I remember we took a 15 minute break for a walk in the real
world between Walküre and Siegfried, but otherwise it was full on). one
of the things I remember being aware of was the significance of
something being in the same key in Götterdammerung as it was in
Rheingold - something that would never be clear (other than by
analysis) to someone attending the cycle in the usual way - maybe if
one had "perfect pitch", but even then.... Is this an "inner system of
secret codes"?

Best

L

PS - As a subtext, I have never really bothered to listen to (or
attend) any of those operas since!

Lawrence Casserley - lawrence@lcasserley.co.uk
Lawrence Electronic Operations - www.lcasserley.co.uk
Colourscape Music Festivals - www.colourscape.org.uk



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