4th May 2020


It is May and I have got round to some critical readings, (hooray!) albeit not the most immediately relevant. I’ve begun Stephon Alexander’s 2016 The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music And The Structure of the Universe, which opens with that famous gloss by Einstein on his theory of relativity, “It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception”. Flicking through, I’m most interested in the diagram that John Coltrane gave to Yusef Lateef as a birthday present in 1961 – that modified circle of fifths mandala.



That’s about as far as I got. Thinking and writing clearly about music and mathematics is one of my favourite things to do – the clarity is something really special. But it feels a long way off, right now. Exhausted, and other marking and contractual uncertainties keeping me unproductive. And so, I’m done. Does this count as a post? A micro-post?

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