Music, the Art of Time, and the Manipulation of Perception
May 9, 2017
MUSIC, THE ART OF TIME. THE MANIPULATION OF CONSCIOUS PERCEPTION TIME.
Many of music’s most glorious effects stem from the manipulation of time. The past, the present, and the future are interwoven in a complex fabric in the conscious perception of music.
Time can seem to pass faster. Time can seem to pass slower. Something that happens at the present moment can effect how we think something was played just before now. Memory in time can affect how we perceive something analogous that is occurring now.
Something that occurs simultaneously can be perceived as occurring sequentially. Something that occurs sequentially can be perceived as if occurring simultaneously.
We can hear all the voices of a fugue separately by following one voice partially into a measure and then “go back” in time in our recent memory, and follow another voice from the beginning of a measure.
I hope to speak a lot about the magic relation of music and time.