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Number in Time

The quadrivium followed the preparatory work of the trivium, consisting of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. In turn, the quadrivium was considered the foundation for the study of philosophy (sometimes called the “liberal art par excellence“) and theology. The quadrivium was the upper division of the medieval education in the liberal arts, which comprised arithmetic (number in the abstract), geometry (number in space), music (number in time), and astronomy (number in space and time). Educationally, the trivium and the quadrivium imparted to the student the seven liberal arts (essential thinking skills) of classical antiquity.

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The notion of music as number in time has stayed with me since I read this a few months ago. It’s hard to think of a deliberate human activity as ephemeral as making music. It happens, and (take note) is utterly gone. Nothing left apart from (for what it’s worth) some impressions in the minds of those who made it or heard it.

Utterly fleeting.

Utterly pointless.

Utterly unlike all the other things we do.

xkcds’s (Hugo Award winning) Time, originally published at a rate of (roughly) a frame an hour. It’s worth watching bits at half speed.

See also Hendrix*

*It’s a bit of an odd video, but the only link to the version I wanted.

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