January 5, 2011

In music there is always a tension between the extrinsic relations of the rhythmic and tonal elements, and the living interior impulse from which these external relations break fourth. The presence of this tension marks the existence of this internal impulse even if it cannot be represented. Listening to Coltrane’s A love Supreme, we hear music growing out of itself, never a slave to a structure of tonal and rhythmic relations. This phenomenological observation leads us to that which is intrinsic to music itself, that is, the musical performance as the singular becoming of an abstract line.

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