Re: Musical conlangs (was: Poetique)
|From:||Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>|
|Date:||Monday, January 12, 2004, 20:08|
On Sunday, January 11, 2004, at 08:11 PM, John Cowan wrote:
> Ray Brown scripsit:
>>>> 13. Finally, at sea, can beat a drum, strike a
>>>> bell, blow a whistle, blow
>>>> a hunting horn (cor de chasse [on a boat??]),
>>> Not ideal, as a cor de chasse does not have easy
>>> access to a diatonic scale!
>> But ain't the French 'cor de chasse' sort of curly
>> and rather different from the hunting horn used in
>> the anglophone world?
> It doesn't matter, since the horn is to be tooted on without regard to
> pitch, the same as the drum, bell, whistle, etc. IOW, this is another
> variant of tapping.
OK - comprendo.
>> Absolutely - I would think the idea of using cannon
>> for communication carries all sorts of risks.
> Well, when guns are fired in salute, do they actually put payload
> (ball, shot, chain, etc.) in them? I suspect not.
Quite right - they use blanks.
> So the absence
> of splashes coming along with the booms would signify an intent
> to communicate.
Yep - if all's calm around them - I don't think this would be such a good
idea in battle.
But the tapping system, however it's done, seems to me a rather clumsy
method, pausing between each letter. Would these methods have been used
for transmitting Morse code?
> In fact, though, there is a perfectly workable and efficient international
> flag code, allowing one to communicate such perfectly useful messages as
> "Do you have any women on board?" and "Presence of rats suspected" with
> a mere 3-4 flags.
"England expects every man to do his duty" [Horatio Nelson] :)
Yep, there is - and, indeed, it would be perfectly possible to have
used the Solresol flag system, I think.
"A mind which thinks at its own expense will always
interfere with language." J.G. Hamann, 1760