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FIRST and above all, an explanation must do justice to the thing that is to be explained, must not devaluate it, interpret it away, belittle it, or garble it, in order to make it easier to understand. The question is not "At what view of the phenomenon must we arrive in order to explain it in accordance with one or another philosophy?" but precisely the reverse: "What philosophy is requisite if we are to live up to the subject, be on a level with it?" The question is not how the phenomenon must be turned, twisted, narrowed, crippled so as to be explicable, at all costs, upon principles that we have once and for all resolved not to go beyond. The question is: "To what point must we enlarge our thought so that it shall be in proportion to the phenomenon..."

Schelling, Philosophie der Mythologie. qtd. in V. Zuckerkandl, Sound and Symbol.

"Heartache" is a poeticism, but here it becomes an actual fact because his pride would not let him suffer the pain in his soul. The "lump in the throat," the so-called globus hystericus, comes, as everyone knows, from swallowed tears. His consciousness had simply withdrawn from contents that were too painful to him, and these, left to themselves, could reach consciousness only indirectly, as symptoms. All this was a rationally understandable and perfectly intelligible process, which could just as well have passed off consciously, had it not been for his masculine pride.

The Portable Jung, p.31

The conviction of ignorance is a necessary first step to the acquisition of knowledge, for no one is going to seek knowledge on any subject if he is under the delusion that he already possesses it.

W.K.C. Guthrie. The Greek Philosophers from Thales to Aristotle.

... practically all the religions we know might be defined as state-specific technologies, operated in the service of a priori belief systems.

Charles T. Tart

What's your name?
You must have a name.
Of course.
I'm not just anybody.
Right.
What's so hard?
Just a name!
If you want,
spell it backwards.
What's your name?
Raven.
You must feel better already.
Spelled like the bird?
Yes, Raven.
- First name?
- Ralph.
What did you say?
Nothing.
Keep writing.
Refugee... victim
of robbers and horse thieves...
beginner... sensitive... destitute...
specialist and layman
all in one, you might say.
One thing at a time, Mr. Raven.
Where do you live?
Where do you sleep?
Around.
Around? Here and there?
The pizzeria, "Casa dell'Angelo."
You sleep in the oven, I suppose?
- You don't believe me?
- No!

Film: Faraway, So Close! (In Weiter Ferne So Nah)


Aug
19
comment What factors affect a guitar's ability to sustain a note?
I'd agree that this deserves more investigation. Perhaps a multivariable comparison, gauge vs. wrapping-metal vs. wire-shapes (hex- and non-hex- core, round- and flat- wound). But I don't think anyone is ignoring the tensile force, since it's essential for the vibratory motion.
Aug
14
comment What made Mozart unique as an improviser?
I saw a Chick Corea concert on tv years ago where he improvised an overture before playing some Mozart. Too lazy to look it up.
Aug
14
comment Automatic transcription software with ABC output for Android devices?
@WheatWilliams There is mention of this notation in our meta question about computer notation: meta.music.stackexchange.com/a/75/1344
Aug
13
comment Did any player pianos use card decks?
Some discussion of player-pianos in a "steampunk" context: deadmedia.org/notes/6/064.html
Aug
11
comment Why is the ''backbeat'' called the ''rock beat''?
The "classical version" of rocking is in 3/4, exemplified by Schubert's Gretchen am Spinrade.
Aug
9
comment Are the highest pitches always the easiest to hear in a musical texture?
It is a physical stimulus of course, but a psychological response. The Fletcher-Munson measurements, and the subsequent refinements AFAICT are based on reports from human subjects. It can be correlated to physically measurable features of the stimulus, but the effect itself transpires in the hearing and not in the physics.
Aug
9
comment What are the principles for improvising over an ostinato?
One of my recent favs in this form is Wang Dang Doodle
Aug
9
comment How to rosin a bow?
+1 Welcome to the site. I've heard (and discovered to be true) that brand new rosin can be too shiny to actually transfer anything to a new bow. I used a pocket knife to rough up the surface to get more of the stuff onto the bow. Your suggestion of sandpaper would accomplish much the same, but perhaps more controlled than using a knife.
Aug
9
comment Playing on white notes only
+1 This question is also useful for very limited instruments, like the zither, or the monotron in its major scale mode.
Aug
9
comment Instruments that challenge your ear
I was inspired by your post to buy a Monotron. I've written some initial impressions in the chatroom.
Aug
6
comment Double Sharps And Double Flats
For the theoretical exercise part, what if you were harmonizing a chromatic passing tone? That could move a major 7th to a doubly-diminished. maybe.
Aug
6
comment How to properly vocalise and sing
While this is generally good advice, the OP is experiencing strain and fatigue which should be remedied by a stronger technique.
Aug
6
comment Finger stretching exercises for Guitar learning
For the best exercises I've ever seen, search for Steve Vai's 10-hour workout, from Guitar World.
Aug
6
comment Finger stretching exercises for Guitar learning
+1 good exercises. I've converted your (impressively-constructed) Tab to jTab syntax. And I removed the signature. All your posts have your icon and name attached already.
Aug
1
comment Determining Key / Key Change / Chords?
That mnemonic is a nice counterpart to "Every Acid Dealer Gets Busted Eventually".
Jul
31
comment What makes an interval “Perfect”?
The rules are very much man-made. The consonances and resonances appear to exist in nature apart from human participation, but music is largely a construct of the mind interpreting the sounds it hears, and music theory tries to describe this after-the-fact. So the artificiality is rather par for the course. Not helping things is the fact that the terms major and minor are used to designate different things: the Major/Minor scales, major/minor intervals. The Major scale is composed of all major intervals, but the Minor scale is not all minor, that is the Phrygian mode.
Jul
31
comment Ways to get out of a scalar rut?
While this is pretty good advice in general for rock/pop solos, the question at the top is specifically about how not to just follow a scalar pattern.
Jul
21
comment Instruments that challenge your ear
Thanks. Apparently, I need to learn the sax. ... @Anthony Apologies for the straw-man argument, but I needed some rhetorical lead-in for the suggestion. I didn't mean to suggest that you are actually equating these dissimilar concepts, but merely that my reading of the question gave me that impression.
Jul
14
comment Why is music theory built so tightly around the C Major scale?
Alphabetically, it is more logical to view A as the basis, since it is the sequence A-G which cycles repeatedly in giving names to the notes, a (Neo-)Neo-Platonist picture of the Pythagorean Monochord interprets the octave beginning with Γ, called 'The Gamut'. The natural scale beginning with A is known (after Beothius) as the Aolian mode. Aolian is the oldest (Homeric) dialect of ancient Greek. Plus, most pianos have A at the bottom.
Jul
11
comment What are the origins of music theory?
Similar question: music.stackexchange.com/questions/9748/…