i’ve been thinking about creating this thread for several months, but never got around to it. recently, the topic naturally came up in the Non-DAW Computer Music Environments thread, so i took that as a push.
time is probably the most elusive thing there is, yet we all have direct experience of it and knowledge of its artefacts. we seem to be bound by it, except for those rare, graceful moments in life when you might get a glimpse of the eternal. for me, those moments have often been related to art, and music in particular.
i’m interested to hear about your experience of time, how you talk about it or deal with it, visualise it externally or internally, both in your daily life, but perhaps more specifically in your music (if those can be separated?). have you made any observations of how thinking about time affects your creativity, or how music can make you experience it differently?
to me, it’s natural to assume that seeing time visualised on a timeline (as we often to in a daw, media players, youtube etc, as well as in sheet music, going from left to right, top to bottom) affects the way we experience it. do you sometimes choose to work with different (or non-existent) visualisations of time, as a conscious method, when making music?
i’m personally very good at keeping the immediate time: i never put on a timer when boiling an egg but still (almost) always to get them done perfectly; i know that i can be ready and out the door in 6 minutes and make it to the metro that leaves in 12 minutes. i also find it easy to play and count rhythmic material, and my music is is often very… divided rhythmically.
on the other hand, if find dates like, say, november 26th or may 3rd impossible to remember. it’s just too abstract to me to visualise or conceptualise that a date is a moment in time that will arrive… when i try, there’s just so many other dates in front of me/it blocking the way!
my spouse on the other hand it wired the complete opposite – good with dates but struggling with minutes and hours. she also makes long form ambient. don’t know if that means anything, but i find it interesting : )