Friday, October 9, 2015
Transparency. I am writing transparently. Richard Barrett owns the notes...all of the notes.
How I use choose notation systems is supposed to be invisible to you so that you can follow what I am composing.
If instead, I was to compose in the equivalent of ALL CAPS, I move to the material or oblique.
You would first notice the way it looked, then --- noting that CAPS generally connote SHOUTING --- it's tone, and last, it's message.
In day-to-day life we rarely notice the material properties of composition and music except for when, say, we encounter a 'stutter' or a music with a heavy accent towards the unknown.
We first notice how this music is presented, second we decode what we are hearing.
When we listen to an opera in a language we do not understand, we push language's formal properties to the front -- its cadences and rhythms---choosing sound over sense.
If we further choose to invert the transparency of notation, we can hear the sounds or see them as shapes.