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a growing1) luminous architecture - a virtual zero space 2) to be actuated by the passengers/players and not existing without them - a concavity that cultivates a desire to attach - the possibility to offer hospitality 3) in a world made entirely of convex surfaces 4), of spherical things which deflect, disperse and impede our interest and our intensity.

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Syncope / Syncopation

Syn“co*pe (?), n. [L. syncope, syncopa, Gr. a cutting up, a syncope; akin to to beat together, to cut up, cut short, weavy; with + to strike, cut.]

  • In music, the displacement of regular accents associated with given metrical patterns, resulting in a disruption of the listener's expectations and the arousal of a desire for the reestablishment of metric normality; hence the characteristic “forward drive” of highly syncopated music. Syncopation may be effected by accenting normally weak beats in a measure, by resting on a normal accented beat, or by tying over a note to the next measure.
  • The pattern is typical of much folk-dance music, especially in eastern Europe, and its use in the Western written tradition may be traced to the 14th century. It is a characteristic element of jazz and figures prominently in the music of Igor Stravinsky and other 20th-century composers.
  • The position of notes in a bar show their relative rhythmic strengths. However, occasionally, the rhythmic pattern wanted does not fit the rhythmic pattern shown by the barring. One says that the rhythm is 'off the beat' or syncopated. Examples of this are common in popular music including jazz, but it does occur in music of all ages. We have given a good example of syncopation below. Note, in particular, the theme played by pianist's right hand (the upper line of the piano part). The theme is 'off the beat' for much of the time, i.e. it is syncopated. The 'effect' is notated using ties. A crucial feature of syncopation is that there should be a strong sense of the beat 'off which' the theme is being played. This is provided by the percussion and bass guitar lines. –“Syncopation.” Encyclopædia Britannica. 2003. 
  • There is a second type of syncopation, where the strong beat is replaced by a silence. http://www.dolmetsch.com/musictheory20.htm

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1)
The concept of growing includes the concept of virtual. “Virtual worlds will be instruments of self-knowledge and self-definition for humanity […] They are home to the `angelic bodies' (or virtual images) of the members of collective intellects.” Pierre Levy
2)
The notion of a zero space comes from the concept of zero, which is very old indeed.
3)
Hospitality is something we can offer more of. Some important works on this concept has been developed by Jacques Derrida.
4)
Cezanne wrote of the world around us overwhelmed by convex surfaces, spherical objects. Such a world as this, one which nevers welcome us, the modern world.
project_syncoptic.txt · Last modified: 2016/08/09 18:04 by nik