2010s: Exercises in Listening Seven meditations to facilitate contemporary listening

"New Horizon" by ƝƖƇƠ ƬƖMΣ ™

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Meditation 7: Writing a Review (nine questions)

In whatever manner you’ve absorbed the music (with preference for the meditations above), now sit down to write. There are no requirements for this meditation, but it is recommended that you sit comfortably and, through deliberate breathing, make yourself present to the page. It is also recommended that the page is expanded to fill your field of vision, that the blank lies before you. In writing about a piece of music, it’s recommended that you ask any nine questions. Below are some recommendations:

1. If language and music struggle to correspond, must I then write about myself?
2. If language, music, and myself struggle to correspond, must I then write about others?
3. If language, music, myself, and others struggle to correspond, must I then write about ideas?
4. If my ideas come to arise in a failure of correspondences, then do they become music?
5. What was I listening to again?
6. In this moment, how is it that questions come to precede the words they’re made of?
7. In this moment, is this blank space already sufficient?
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9. Is this the last word that I will write?

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