Sunday, July 25, 2010

The beat battles the drone, the noise usurps the harmony

Pierre Boulez was the first to develop a set of simple oppositions and complex differences, as well as reciprocal nonsymmetrical correlations, between smooth and striated space. He created these concepts and words in the field of music.... In the simplest terms, Boulez says that in a smooth space-time one occupies without counting, whereas in a striated space-time one counts in order to occupy.

Boulez is concerned with the communication between the two kinds of space, their alternations and superpositions: how "a strongly directed smooth space tends to meld with a striated space," "texture" can be crafted in such a way as to lose fixed and homogeneous values, becoming a support for slips in tempo....

--Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus

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