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June 15, 2008


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"to mediate the intermediality" and "the intersectionality of the intersection"

Those wacky academics...

As for the carousel ride, I hope that it wasn't operated by that Mister Dark.

I generally have my eyes glaze over whenever people start talking about intertexuality. I know that the nonsense has set in at that point.

Heh. The last conference I went to had a panel on "interprofessional professionalism". This was in a medical rather than an arts-historical field, but academic jargon appears to be interchangeable.

Nice carousel!

It's obvious to me that intersections have intersectionality, but without context I'm stuck on mediating the intermediality.

There's an awful lot of history that we think we know but, is actually missing; for example we know that Nero composed and played music, but we don't really have any idea what it was like (Wikipedia suggests that 40 Ancient Greek scores exist, but almost no Roman). What's amazing is not that we* have to work hard to recreate dances from before the 20th century, but that later dances are well recorded.

* We in this case meaning Susan

I fully agree that intersections have intersectionality, but isn't that circular?

Some later dances are well recorded and some aren't - there's plenty of 20thc stuff I find very difficult to work on. Working from video is very challenging, and of course plenty of stuff just wasn't filmed or taped. There's a dance notation system called Labanotation that's supposed to be able to handle all aspects of body movement; I don't know to what degree it succeeds in this.

On music - for 15th-century dance, we have quite a few tenors for dances, meaning a series of long notes around which the musicians would improvise and embroider. We have few (no?) examples of the improvisation; by its very nature it just wasn't written down. I'm no music historian, but I'd be startled if we had anything detailed for ancient Greece.

A swift google got me this site:


which has music files based on ancient greek scores. As it notes, the tuning is known as they are in ratios determined by Pythagorean theorists. It's mostly fragments, but from clicking on a few at random some of those fragments are several minutes long.

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