Repetitive music is interesting to study, though you… rapidly understand what’s “going on”, right?
Propellers (Philip Glass) or Pulsations (Steve Reich), all have a way to repeat (obviously) patterns until you CRAVE something different. In Music for 18 Musicians, it’s wonderfully weaved. YouTube it if you want!
Modern dance often use repetitive music. They can use the same structure : repeat-repeat, making the audience wait for something. It’s one knack, after all, to… catch attention. And it’s rhythmic, thus energetic. It works! The risk is to lose everybody in the process, héhé…
OK. A friend of mine told me about a modern dance ballet he saw recently. It was about, if I remember well, naked men and woman queuing and repetitively walking in line. Yikes!
The beginning of this piece was long and… interestingly boring. The fact that dancers were naked was implying an erotic tension in the audience, this kind of electricity (made of “blushing with pleasure”) we call in France “Le Trouble” (how come you don’t have this word in English??). Understandable…
But it was long, repetitive… (sigh).
So a strange weaving was weaving its weave in my friend’s mind :
- Decrease the “blushing tension” because you get “used to” these naked bodies walking in lines.
- Increase the waiting, the “crave for something new” in the ballet.
…which eventually happened. Of course! It was all the engine of it, obviously, and, well, he LOVED it!
Here, I grab a pattern, it could be a tool : Increase A while Decrease B.
What would you do with that in Marketing? In a poem? In a music? In therapy? Elsewhere?
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