Sunday, January 11, 2009


As I sat down to finish reading Kenneth Grant’s influential occult classic Outside the Circles of Time (Muller 1980 , Starfire 2008) I chose Arvo Part's 'Arbos' lp, more or less at random, as relaxing background music.
One of the the many themes of Grant’s book is that “time is a tricky commodity” and that some can see the “succession of aeons or cycles of times, not as a sequential process but a simultaneous phenomena”.

One piece in particular on the LP caught my attention and so I put the book aside and reached for the lp sleeve notes where I read: "not so much musical communication as musical fiesta, wherein we are released from chronolgical time and re-enter mythological time, in which (as Octavio Paz has put it) "time is not succession and transition but the perpetual sound of the fixed present in which all times, past and future, are contained"..... The music does not modulate and has no development, though pitch and tempo are in proportional relationships, creating 'moments' outside Time in which, momentarily, we live..... Here pitch relationships aurally 'incarnate' the Moment outside time...."


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