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Thwarting Time’s Arrow

Music is an ideal medium for “thwarting time’s arrow” … transcending its one-way-ness (always moving towards the future) and experiencing a state in which past, present, and future coexist and interpenetrate: An everything-at-once-ness. In this sense, music, like imagination, can get around the “inviolable” laws of physics/reality.

What might such sacred time music – to borrow a wonderful term from Native American philosophy – sound like? This? Or perhaps this? Got anything to share … ?


Posted on November 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm by rachmiel · Permalink

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  1. Written by adam
    on November 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Huh. Interesting that this is the first thing of yours that I’d read, as I record under the name “onewayness”. At the time I chose it, it was just a cool word that came up in conversation that went on the “things that would make good band names” list. But it’s since led me to some interesting reading on the “time’s arrow” concept, and lots of other directional processes and thought experiments like the Brownian ratchet. Interesting stuff.

  2. Written by Slothrop
    on November 29, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Simon Reynolds wrote some quite interesting stuff on jungle and how the beat manipulation plays tricks with time – particularly the way it plays around with speeding up, slowing down, pitching up, pitching down, reversing, spinbacks and all that sort of stuff. Goldie’s Timeless being a fairly obvious case in point:

  3. Written by Slothrop
    on November 29, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    And someone who knows more about it than me could probably say something interesting about Messiaen…

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