“Attentive to time (to tempo) and consequently to repetitions and likewise to differences in time, [the
rhythmanalyst] separates out through a mental act that which gives itself as linked to the whole: namely
rhythms and their associations. He does not only observe human activities, he also hears [entend] (in the
double sense of the word: noticing and understanding) the temporalities in which these activities unfold.”
Lefebvre, Henri: Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life, Continuum: 2004, p. 88.
This seminar will focus on the relationship between sound and time. Three major themes will be addressed:
Sound as a model of time; time and the auditory in everyday life; time in the sonic arts.
How do we perceive, structure and think time? This question has especially been addressed by the french
philosophers Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze and Henri Lefebvre, but also Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich
Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Albert Norman Whitehead has worked intensely in this field - many of them
using sound more or less explicitly as an approach to or exemplification of an understanding of time
developing concepts such as: rhythm, memory, recollection, becoming, process, continuity/discontinuity,
past/present/future, the moment, measured time, historical temporality, repetition/difference, and linear/
We think we know what time is - until we are asked. By approaching the question of time through sound arts,
auditory cultures, and philosophy the aim of the seminar is to develop a manifold understanding of time in
sound and sound in time following texts from above mentioned philosophers as well as sound theorists
Christoph Cox, Eleni Ikoniadou, Veit Erlmann, Karin Bijsterveld and others.