In A Million Years of Music, Gary Tomlinson tackles the abstruse and enigmatic topic of how the biomechanics of our ancestors evolved into a species capable of what he describes as musicking; the ability to relate to music through recognition, or action (listening or performance). As a starting point, Tomlinson considers feedback loops, which is described as an activity that is at
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Later this evening I will be in Fish Hoek for one of the final rehearsals for the Gacela of the Dark Death; A coastal village tucked away at the eastern end of the False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula in Western Cape. I can spot it each morning from my own veranda. The drive from Somerset West to Fish Hoek is exceptionally breathtaking. To one
About a month ago I came across a meme suggesting that veganism was part of a conspiracy to pervert human DNA with the unfortunate result that Christians would have their rights to salvation revoked on the basis that a tortuous transformation of their genes would leave them no longer human. Of course, the very notion is incongruent with the Biblical narrative. Humanity is apparently a
According to the 18th century philosopher, Francis Hutcheson, beauty is that which is uniform, i.e. ‘common’, where as what we perceive as ugly is part of variation from the norm of beauty. Said simply, what is less and less common from the norm takes more work to establish as beautiful. These arguments were laid out in 1725 in his treatise ‘Inquiry into the
A Tonic by any other Name Would Sound Just as Sweet: Deceptive Functions in the Opening of Tristan Und Isolde and a criticism of Roman numeral analysis.
Monuments could be erected as totemic antipodes, polarizing the specters of theoretical discourse that engaged the attempt of a context in which to bear light within the vessel of 16 brief, insouciantly passing measures of music. 16 measures, that, hypothetically contained a hidden strand of harmonic species that would disrupt the way we experienced and analyzed music. 16 measures that ostensibly eroded that stratum
As Max landed on the island of the Wild Things, he was thrust into a curious world of similarity masked as a frightening reflection of his own cultural phobias; When he became king, those similarities revealed a more global, more spiritual sense of unity that transcended species. It was a magical island of fantasy, where order was found amidst the darkened streams of chaos. The
A summer afternoon started with the informal visit to the distinguished South African composer, Peter Klatzow at his rose-bed-ensconced home in the university-active suburb of Rondebosch, his lounge riddled with towers of stacked music scores and books spread across the intellectually cultivated landscape of his 1970s Kawai piano; An impression of the bustling skyline of downtown Cape Town itself, in miniature form. Peter was
A few days before the event, I was invited to the sixth edition of the Purpur Festival for Transgressive Arts by one of its founding members, the Cape Town-based avant-garde composer, Pierre-Henri Wicomb . Not an axiomatic title for a felicitous feline fraternity, the event itself was a cogent if syncretistic ennobling of a patently taut coterie of artistic talents. Ensconced between the bumbling
If you were ever a student of music theory at any point in your life, you have no doubt encountered the prohibition against parallel fifths. If you were a student of music in the last 20 years, you have no doubt heard or seen some variation of this parody: . However, no matter when it was that you were a student, chances are that the
"The Germans invented music. Everything else prior was tuning up." I often, and only half-jokingly, assert this statement whenever the topic of German music comes up. As if there was ever a time where the Germans were not heavily involved in the evolution and distribution of music. Ein Deutsches Requiem? No, just Brahms' Requiem will suffice. ask a room full of people to name their