The cave and the tree: clues to the music of Japan?

Jones, Kevin (2001) The cave and the tree: clues to the music of Japan? In: Japanese music today and tomorrow; 27 Oct 2001, Brighton, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Western architecture, based on the paradigm of the cave, with its enclosing walls, interior focus and resonance, engenders music with sustained notes at the end of phrases, filled space and polyphony. This is contrasted with Japanese architecture, based on the paradigm of the tree, with its branching out beams and panels, exterior focus and dry ‘outdoors’ acoustic, which engenders music with very short notes at the end of phrases, empty space and heterophony – as exemplified in the music of Takemitsu.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: Japanese music today and tomorrow
Research Area: Music
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Katrina Clifford
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2010 11:52
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2010 11:52
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/11682

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