“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tonal Collage

Adrian Ivakhiv points out, apropos of my recent post on dance music and bitonality:

Yes, but what do we call it. It's more than bitonal, but less (or much more) than atonal. Polytonal, definitely, but perhaps something else: heterotonal? free tonality? tonal promiscuity? tonally noncommittal? tonal shiftiness? Cool...

Good points. I wonder whether the right term is tonal collage. Each key signature is treated much the same as a sample of an instrument—encapsulated as (dare I say it) an object that can then be juxtaposed with other objects.

I embed the tune again for your convenience:

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