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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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Rhythm, Preceding Its Abstraction

Rhythm, Preceding Its Abstraction

(p.110) 7 Rhythm, Preceding Its Abstraction
The Philosophy of Rhythm

Deniz Peters

Oxford University Press

Chapter 7 takes a non-reductive approach to the understanding of musical rhythm based on reflections on the author’s musical practice. In particular, the author argues that, preceding its abstraction, rhythm centrally resides in “doings” and “happenings” in our bodies and interactions between each other. Further, the author claims that active (pre-abstracted) rhythm resides in our somatic and cognitive awareness of these “doings” and “happenings” by way of experience and attention. The line of thought developed in the chapter stems from a number of related observations from musical practice concerning how “lived rhythm,” unlike “represented rhythm,” comes into being via interpersonal- and self-attention.

Keywords:   rhythm, music, improvisation, lived rhythm, interpersonal

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