March 10, 2010

The Impossible is Possible.

I recently saw Christopher Dell give a lecture which examined his concept of a 'musical approach to conceptualising space'.  Within it he talked about diagrams as a means of exploring the impossible.  Notating an idea visually forces it to exist and become an option.  It remains open to negotiation (it must be changeable) but gives life to what was previously just a floating idea.  It is a form of structure.  It functionalises.  It lends shape. It can contextualise an idea so that it sits in a world we find familiar.   A graphic score visually represents a soundscape.  It can describe in an instance something that up until that moment has not been heard.

Graphic notation by Cornelius Cardew.

What if Alice falling down the rabbit hole could be understood and visualised through a diagram?

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