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NATLANG: short, intriguing note

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 8, 2003, 6:35
    "The root of the word meaning 'war' in Sudanic languages, _ta_,
is also the root of the word for musical bow in both the Sudanic and the
Bantu language families." - Sibyl Marcuse, _A Survey of Musical Instruments_,

Hanuman Zhang

    "In the beginning was noise - raw sound, the seed sound, the One, _Nada
Brahma_, the Big Bang. And noise begat rhythm. And rhythm begat everything
else. And thus the Dance began. Rhythm and noise. There is terror in noise,
and in that terror there is also power." - adapted from writings by Mickey

"I have the feeling that the English word 'noise' has more negative
connotations than our German word 'Gerausch'.  We would describe the sound of
wind blowing as Gerausch, to imply that it's a beautiful and natural sound.
It's so stupid when people say that instead of making beautiful sounds, I
make noise...I like these sounds and this has nothing to do with
'anti-beauty'" - Helmut Lachenmann

"We cannot doubt that animals both love and practice music. That is evident.
But it seems their musical system differs from ours. It is another
school...We are not familiar with their didactic works. Perhaps they don't
have any."  - Erik Satie

NADA BRAHMA - Sanskrit, "sound [is the] Godhead"

LILA - Sanskrit, "divine play/sport/whimsy" - "the universe is what happens
when God wants to play" - "joyous exercise of spontaneity involved in the art
of creation"


Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>