Friday, October 23, 2009

An Ontological Point

Over on Dial M Phil Ford has another post in the series I've been following. Here's most of a comment he made down below the post, responding to someone suggesting material he might find interesting:

>>   The thing that I find really interesting is how short a trip it is from the avant-garde artworld to the self-help section of the bookstore. As you note, Maue's book is an amalgam of both tendencies. Text scores seem to mark the ground where composition, musical performance, poems, rituals, theatrical Happenings, visual art, games, therapeutic exercises, spiritual exercises (etc.) all meet. It seems impossible to say exactly what kind of phenomenon we're talking about; it seems to lie at an ontological point prior to specialization. <<

If nothing else, that insight explains how I can be such an avid follower of all my regular reads listed over on the right, none of which are concerned with music therapy.

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