Posted by: Alexandre Borovik | July 6, 2008

On primitive elements of musical meaning

A wonderful paper by Iegor Reznikoff in The Journal of Music and Meaning.

A quote:

I have been asked to give some insights on how elements of possible meanings of sounds and perhaps music could be found in my studies on the sound dimension of Palaeolithic painted caves. To describe in brief the main discovery, let us say that in the painted caves, the density of pictures in a location of a cave is proportional to the quality of the resonance of this location: the pictures are found mostly in resonant areas. It can be shown that this is not merely by chance, and we can therefore gain some understanding on how the Palaeolithic people utilized resonance.

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