Re: [mythsoc] Owen Barfield
- Hi John,Question about tonality in this context -- isn't a lot of the concept of tonality dependent upon culture? A lot of weird harmonies come out of the old modal system -- weird because they sound off to me as a modern listener, though they would have been familiar to the folks of the middle ages (if I remember correctly when the system was used). I find traditional Gamelan (Indonesian music typically using mallet instruments) to have some weird atonal stuff going on, but I don't think that's a recent development.I'm not very well versed in ethnomusicology, so I'm really just throwing this out there to John or other folks who will know more than me (and maybe explain the difference between what I'm hearing in styles like Gamelan vs. the atonality discussed below).-AlanaOn Thu, May 26, 2011 at 4:30 AM, John Davis <john@...> wrote:
What might be a result of this alienation, however, is an emphasis on atonality, which is in essence 'unnatural' harmony. And certainly music with this emphasis is connected with modernism in other arts, 20th c. industrialisation of western society, and is often used to reflect or represent a sense of alienation or unnaturalness. So if you exchange melody for natural harmonies and rhythm for unnatural harmonies in your email, I think you may have an interesting point.
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- Very sorry to hear it. I never met Edward Carlos Plunkett, though I did meet his father (the famous Lord Dunsany's son). Thanks for posting the news, Dale.We can be grateful to this Lord Dunsany for one thing: he allowed the publication of a number of his grandfather's works that had lain neglected in a bank vault for decades -- a novel, a play, a volume of short stories, and various odds & ends. None of them had the stuff of greatness that makes me rank Dunsany as the best fantasy short story writer ever, but it's good to have even the lesser works of a great writer.--John R.current reading: THE BOOK OF WONDER On May 25, 2011, at 12:45 PM, dale nelson wrote: