Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Magister Ludi

The Herman Hesse book Magister Ludi (The Glass Bead Game) was a great read for me several decades ago. The idea of game play being more than child's play has stuck with me. This post over on Musical Assumptions got me to thinking about it again and I made this comment:

>>Just before reading this post was practicing flute, working up a couple of Handel bourrées. Getting the rhythms and flourishes to flow naturally and feel danceably "right" is a sort of physical game play. When you play the flippers right on a pin ball machine, it lights up. Get a bourrée right and it jumps off the page and comes alive. Not exactly software, but your post reminded me of the feeling.<<

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