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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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Soundless Rhythm

Soundless Rhythm

(p.331) 20 Soundless Rhythm
The Philosophy of Rhythm

Víctor Durà-Vilà

Oxford University Press

Chapter 20 develops a notion of rhythm that is independent of sound and, in addition to hearing, includes sight, smell, taste, and touch. By engaging with the work of Andy Hamilton, it rejects that music is required to conceptualize rhythm. It maintains that rhythm in dance can be theorized independently from music and, more ambitiously and generally, that rhythm could exist in a soundless universe. Moreover, it contends that we can experience rhythm in painting in a non-metaphorical way, which goes against the proposal defended by Jason Gaiger. Finally, it examines some potential implications of this thesis for incipient art practices involving senses other than sight and hearing.

Keywords:   rhythm, rhythm in music, rhythm in dance, rhythm in painting, rhythm through taste, rhythm through smell, rhythm through touching

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