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  1. 5 out of 5

    David

    The premise of this book was so intriguing--a science fiction novel about music theory! Wow--two completely different genres, both so fascinating for me! However, it turned out that neither aspect of the book held any interest in the book--until I found yet a third aspect; the book's humor. The sheer inanity of the book makes it quite humorous, though after a while it just becomes so tedious. I don't know if the book was originally written in French, and then translated. It doesn't matter. The wr The premise of this book was so intriguing--a science fiction novel about music theory! Wow--two completely different genres, both so fascinating for me! However, it turned out that neither aspect of the book held any interest in the book--until I found yet a third aspect; the book's humor. The sheer inanity of the book makes it quite humorous, though after a while it just becomes so tedious. I don't know if the book was originally written in French, and then translated. It doesn't matter. The writing is abominable. At every chance where a common English word would be sufficient, a more esoteric word--or even an imaginary word--is substituted. The book is filled with typos. Many of the sentences are so awkwardly constructed--they don't seem to be written with English grammatical structure at all! The book requires an editor, so that the stream of consciousness writing can be understood. At first, I thought that the strange style of writing was intentional, to remind the reader that it was written in a parallel universe where people think differently. Perhaps. But then, I realized that so much of it is to render the writing in a fabulously humorous tone. For example, Jean-Phillipe pointed out to me that a whakerbaleenist can verticalize only some of the pulsatory structures that two interpreters usually are able to. or I have noticed that for temporal modes from the IOI 400-550 ms range interpreters pay more care for the sonorous marking of the prosodical relationships. The funniest paragraph is: I must call the pharmacy and tell them that I take the whole week off. In just a few days I managed to make my wife believe that I am impotent and frustrated--while in reality I feel like flying from one flower to another, like a happy bumblebee. There may be some interesting concepts about music theory hidden in these pages. It is all about tempo and rhythms. It is about hearing music in time, where everything of interest is in the rhythm, with no mention of pitch or harmony. The theory disregards the need for measures (bars), and instead substitute the use of milliseconds between notes or phrases. In attempts to help the main character understand this different type of music, many analogies are made between "temporalist" music and our Western style of music. As a composer, though, I cannot think of any way to incorporate this music theory into my own compositions.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bobby

    Music has been defined as the art of sound in time, and this book describes a theoretical system of music that, in contrast to the western European classical tradition, privileges the durational aspect over the pitch aspect in terms of precision, elaboration, and general focus. As in Edwin Abbott's Flatland, a fictional and fantastic frame story is used to help the reader grasp some quite abstract theoretical concepts. It raises some interesting questions about what features we pay attention to Music has been defined as the art of sound in time, and this book describes a theoretical system of music that, in contrast to the western European classical tradition, privileges the durational aspect over the pitch aspect in terms of precision, elaboration, and general focus. As in Edwin Abbott's Flatland, a fictional and fantastic frame story is used to help the reader grasp some quite abstract theoretical concepts. It raises some interesting questions about what features we pay attention to when composing, performing, or listening to music, and what aspects we consider more peripheral or incidental. The ideas presented are fascinating, even mind-bending. The main character, like the author, does not speak English as his first language, and the book appears to have been self-published, perhaps without an editor. The ensuing typos and occasionally eccentric choices in vocabulary and syntax make this intriguing exposition of some complex ideas a little more difficult to follow than perhaps it needs to be.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robert Kelley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The premise of this book was fun and could have made a good setup for teaching the reader about the perception and cognition of tempo and rhythm. This goal was impeded by bad writing, implicit racism and sexism, use of archaic and made-up English words when basic English would have sufficed, and several errors and misconceptions, not just about music. I managed to slog through the convoluted prose, some of which was incomprehensible, only to be rewarded with an exasperating story about how the m The premise of this book was fun and could have made a good setup for teaching the reader about the perception and cognition of tempo and rhythm. This goal was impeded by bad writing, implicit racism and sexism, use of archaic and made-up English words when basic English would have sufficed, and several errors and misconceptions, not just about music. I managed to slog through the convoluted prose, some of which was incomprehensible, only to be rewarded with an exasperating story about how the main character starts a craze of smoking the tea that had magically allowed the Temporalists never to sleep or be fatigued. (The tea's name is "tota"--a little too obvious?) I would like to be able to recommend this book, but it fails in too many areas to be worth the effort.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Stoeckel

    I have tried very very hard to make some sense of this. unfortunately, its impossible. I am a very smart person and I love music. However, I have shuddered my way through this jabberwok, and will not finish it. I am so sorry, I wanted to.like it

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrei Pogorilowski

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