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The Philosophy of RhythmAesthetics, Music, Poetics$
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Peter Cheyne, Andy Hamilton, and Max Paddison

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199347773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199347773.001.0001

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Dialogue on Rhythm

Dialogue on Rhythm

Entrainment and the Dynamic Thesis

(p.15) 1 Dialogue on Rhythm
The Philosophy of Rhythm

Andy Hamilton

David Macarthur

Roger Squires

Matthew Tugby

Rachael Wiseman

Andy Hamilton

Oxford University Press

Collated and edited by Andy Hamilton, Chapter 1 is a dramatized dialogue in the long philosophical tradition of that form. The debate poses the dynamic conception—that rhythm involves movement—against the view that nothing relevant in the music moves literally, that is, spatially. Hamilton’s dynamic conception characterizes rhythm as “[a primitive] order within human bodily movement or movement-in-sound,” and opposes Malcolm Budd’s and Peter Simons’ static accounts in terms of order-in-time and Roger Scruton’s metaphorical conception of sonic or acousmatic rhythm as movement in space. Most dialogue participants support a dynamic conception of some kind, but David Macarthur denies that rhythm “moves in a literal but non-spatial sense.” Roger Squires and Rachel Wiseman develop Hamilton’s account, arguing that the movement criterion should be expressed as a capacity and not a disposition.

Keywords:   rhythm, movement, dynamic, static, acousmatic, spatial, dialogue, dialog

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