By Daniel Albright
Albright explores how varied media have interaction, as in a drama, whilst speech, degree decor, and song are co-present, or in a musical composition that employs the university approach to the visible arts. Tracing arguments and questions on the kin one of the arts from Aristotle’s Poetics to the current day, he illuminates the understudied self-discipline of comparative arts and urges new realization to its riches.
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It really is attainable that music’s try and flee from language via reliance on pictorial equipment will in simple terms lead again to language via an indirect route—we are all so thickly imprisoned in verbal buildings of truth that each break out tunnel we dig will lead us again to an analogous reformatory. after all, there are a few composers whose equipment appear to exclude any threat of infection through language: John Cage, for instance, whose post-1951 reliance on a number of different types of aleatory development and indeterminate functionality vitiates any typical inspiration of the semantic, or the rhetorical, or the grammatical, or the speech- inflective. If Cage’s compositions are tune, then song would appear to be not just nonlinguistic however the antidote to language. however it is simply right here, the place track and speech appear to diverge totally, that they begin to swerve jointly: for Cage treats speech easily as a kind of nonsung mouth track, by means of developing discourse in response to an analogous aleatory methods that he used to control his tune. in a single well-known instance, he wrote out a sequence of random statements after which, throughout the question-and-answer consultation following a lecture, learn the statements one after one other, with no regard to the particular questions. A extra thorough deconstruction are available in Solo for Voice 2 (1960), during which Cage instructs the performer to write down vowels and consonants on a v175f Individual Media obvious sheet after which, via convinced manipulations of this sheet over a bit of paper inscribed with strains, to plot an array of phonemes that might be the textual content to be played. this kind of anti-language could be pushed aside as a distinct stunt with out relevance to speech as we frequently communicate it. however the tendency of linguistics from Saussure to Jacques Derrida has been to take away actual gadgets from the area of language, to appreciate language as chains of forever deferred signifiers, by no means terminating in any genuine factor. each try to dereferentialize language has a tendency to show what the television meteorologist says into an occult model of Solo for Voice 2, within which the phonic facets develop more and more opaque, more and more an social gathering for cultured take pleasure in their heard immediacy. Wittgenstein’s later philosophy again and again stresses the musical elements of standard speech; as he says in Philosophical Investigations (sect. 527), “Understanding a sentence is way extra equivalent to figuring out a topic in track than one might imagine. What I suggest is that knowing a sentence lies closer than one thinks to what's in general referred to as figuring out a musical subject matter. ”13 It fascinates me that those sentences are, in impact, musical diversifications of an analogous sentence: Wittgenstein is proving his element within the act of constructing it. For Wittgenstein, song isn't like speech; as a substitute, speech is a unique case of tune. a number of the belongings you say to me I comprehend within the approach I comprehend Mozart; a number of the issues within the method I comprehend Cage; a few of the issues within the means I comprehend Britney Spears.