Music and IQ, let's try again

Samuel Vriezen sqv at xs4all.nl.getridofthisone
Sun Oct 1 16:34:46 EST 2000

On Sun, 1 Oct 2000 21:28:56 +0100, "David Webber"
<dave at musical.demon.co.uk> wrote:

>> While that may be a very interesting subject, it is
>> not the primal expression of musical IQ.
>Actually I firmly believe that IQ is a measure of one's ability to do IQ
>tests and NOTHING else :-)

AHA! But wait till I have built my IQ-test-fueled hammond organ!

>> Do mind, I am not making claims for strict mathematicality of musical
>> form processes (you can't 'prove' form), it's rather I sense a very
>> eneral type of connection, a visualizing of abstract structure.
>As I've said before,  I *do* think there's a lot in the abstract structure
>of music which renders it susceptible to thought processes akin to those
>used in mathematics - but that is as far as I would go.

Absolutely, but it may be very interesting to think of how you could
explore what these 'thought processes' more or less involve. Perhaps.
Some day. My linking transformations of material with spatial thought
could be (for me at least) one lead.

I once wanted to write some kind of formal theory based on logic in
which these things could get some mathematical expression, but then I
lost interest because the specific problems you encounter in composing
are in the end always more interesting than the complete theory of
problems that you might run into.


A prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach performed by the guitarist, Lord Baden Powell

- Chr. J. van Geel

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