Convolute F: Derrida, Glossolalia, Claire Duncan

Glossolalia, often understood among Protestant Christians as speaking in tongues, is the fluid vocalizing of speech-like syllables that lack any readily comprehended meaning, in some cases as part of religious practice.[1] Some consider it as a part of a sacred language. It is a common practice amongst Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity. (wikipedia) Lyrically both bands work in a way that I admire – Cocteau Twins for the nonsense glossolalia and The Cure for their precise yet loaded imagery. The first book that fed into what I wanted to make was Six Memos for the Next Millenium by Italo Calvino. He discusses five qualities that he values in literature (he died before he wrote the sixth) — these being abstract, vague concepts such as ‘Lightness’, ‘Exactitude’, ‘Multiplicity’ and so on. hat strikes me most is how he contemplates these very mysterious, unfathomable ideas that have little or no way of being measured in a fashion that is succinct and precise, condensed and careful. This dichotomy is possible to explore through music I feel because music is comprised of a series of continums: space, pitch, tone, dynamic, and so on. Read more:

Screen shot from Marjorie Perloff's book Wittgenstein's Ladder

Screen shot from Marjorie Perloff’s book Wittgenstein’s Ladder


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