I co-taught a Public School class this week — part of the series On Time put together by Jonathan Basile. The imitable Jackson Moore discussed how music may have a biological basis as a faculty for synchronizing actions within groups of people, and he broke down the theories of James Tenney and Fred Lerdahl. I went from there to discuss some of Lefebvre’s structural approaches to examining rhythm in everyday life. We had a great discussion — my favorite points from the group included the idea that musical drones refocus attention on the body as a source of meter, and the suspicion that the CIA assassinated Coltrane because he was spreading subversive rhythms with his tunes.

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