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作者 Conner, Herschel C., III
書名 Remixing the lost book of rhythm
國際標準書號 9780542842467
book jacket
說明 238 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 67-08, Section: A, page: 2967
Adviser: Richard Doyle
Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Pennsylvania State University, 2006
Remixing the Lost Book of Rhythm focuses on sea-changes in communication, collaboration, and education. Writers today increasingly deploy digital and "musical" techniques such as sampling and mixing to share and transform information and ideas, and I look to diverse rhetorical traditions for clues to a digital pedagogy. I select from primary and secondary source materials---Ancient Greek musical practice, Indian Tala, disciplines of Yoga, global polyrhythmic traditions---as I seek to formulate a theory and pedagogy of "wiki" space. Students and teachers seeking to compose and dwell in the densely interconnected space of digital ecologies, I argue, can learn much from the creative and rhetorical practices found in interactive communities of sound and music today, which form a musical, technological, and rhythmic archive for composers training in the art of rhetoric. My archive suggests rhetorical practices of "rhythm," a long neglected rhetorical effect, are crucial to techniques for navigating the assemblages of technology and community that articulate our classrooms and workplaces today. Relying on theoretical work in technology studies, I amplify the role of rhythm in diverse areas of scientific inquiry and technological development, and look, for guidance, to the interconnectivity and fundamentally rhythmic practices of peer-to-peer networks. Teaching students to write in rhythm, I learned, proceeds by making and breaking links. Each of the five segments has its own flavor, and each segment addresses different effects that Remixing the Lost Book of Rhythm could have on contemporary composers. Readers learn, by watching my trial by (rhythmic) fire, how diverse practices of rhythm can work as way to form a commons with students and with ourselves, and discover that it is remarkably simple to bring rhythm and its respect for interconnectivity into our teaching and our learning, and to delay, embed, jam, divert, and remix rhythms in our own lives. Part I tells the story of the "filesharing subjects" that populate our writing classrooms today, and position peer-to-peer culture, where computers cluster and ambient networks compose themselves, as a topos and model for writing instruction. Penn State's licensing agreement with Napster provides atmosphere, and I forecast the segments that make up the rest of The Lost Book of Rhythm. In Part II, I take readers back to Ancient Greece, and outline a Greek treatment of rhythm. This chapter begins with a sample from Athens' rhythmic theorist, Aristoxenus, and builds into a vertiginous wall of sound---a swarm of cicadas singing unto Socrates---before it applies a magnifying glass to the terminology and concepts that seem to haunt rhythm and give it so much promise. This segment ends with a short practicum on some of the basic compositional gestures for finding balance when we lose our rhythm in contemporary information ecologies. Part III investigates the resonant aspects of rhythm in communication ecologies, based on an experiment mixing social bookmarking with wiki. The rest of the chapter is a bottom-up grapple with the phenomenology of delay and the stochastic dimensions of wiki---and other rhythmizable media---from the perspective of a musicians, students, scientists, teachers, and rhetoricians. Musical tools of composition have been around for a long time, and pop songs, commercial jingles, and Hollywood soundtracks barely scratch the surface of the global historical musical bandwidth. Recently, analog and digital tools for selecting, combining, tuning, and rendering media have made these templates available to the commons again. In Part IV, I evaluate the rhythmic principles of minimalism and their technologies for their interactive potential, and extract recipes and principles for teaching with technology. Part V, an experiment in "lossy compression," seeks to transduce wiki's effects on teaching to the page
School code: 0176
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 67-08A
主題 Language, Rhetoric and Composition
Alt Author The Pennsylvania State University
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