Thursday, December 30, 2010

let's say, i enter a village...

Let's say, I enter a village and hear someone singing a melody like this (Fig.1).

The structure.The scale of the melody consists of 4 notes:D-E-A-B (Fig.2). The melody consists of 2 sections: the first (4 bars); the second (6 bars). Each section is concluded by the same phrase (Fig.3). The second section elaborates and also reiterates the first section. The motif a establishes tempo and rhythm; the motif b opens the territory and its quarter note suggests that quarter notes functions as commas or periods of the whole; the motif c reiterates the rhythm of the beginning and establishes the peak and the bottom: the limitation of the territory; the motif d emphasizes its function as a period by the quarter note E repeats itself (Fig.4).

But this repetition also functions as a chain connecting the two sections, as the quarter note A repeating itself introduces the next section. Also the motif d and the motif e together reiterate the interval of the first phrase; The phrase f contrasts with the first phrase by its rhythm and melodic direction; the phrase g is a variant of f; the first phrase is reduced to the cell h (Fig.5).

I said the scale of the melody consists of 4 notes. But, I don't imagine this as that one person goes up and down the 4 steps. Rather, I imagine two birds claiming each of their territories: one sings the two notes of D-E; the other the A-B (Fig.6).

Or, better, two kids playing like this (Fig.7).

The two birds extend each of their territories (Fig.8); or, they come closer to each other (Fig.9); or, each of them does their own thing (Fig. 10).

I walk to them (Fig.11). They get noisier (Fig.12).

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