338 • Marshalling the different levels of organization in music is the key to its unlimited fascination.

In ikebana-do, tactical team sports, warfare, hiking, chess, a date, or a jam session one is engrossed in the moment, but simultaneous recognition of and preparation for the imminent future, as well as the concept and planning of short, mid, and long-term events are also taking place. Attentionscape. Xin. Flow. This state enables ones attention to shift in-between these multitude of aspects and organize and reorganize decisions and actions while at the same time witnessing the simultaneity of all these levels in concërt.

In music one has to attend to the imminent foreground of metric structure, a physical element (almost imperceptible, yet omnipresent), to melodic structure ~ the voice of music (in quarters and bars), to harmonic structure ~ the heart of music (cadences and phrases), to sectional organization ~ the structure of music (form), to the background of the actual piece in ensemble, as well as to the actual acoustics of the moment; shifting in-between these multitude of aspects and organizing and reorganizing decisions and actions while at the same time witnessing the simultaneity of it all at once.

Quite Zen.


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