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A new unit of time: The Wagner

After a full evening of writing music, I am proposing a new unit of time. The Wagner (abbreviation Wg). One Wagner is equal to one thousand minutes, approximately the length of the entire Ring Cycle. Here are some useful conversions:

1 day = 1.4 Wagners

1 year = 511.35 Wagners

1 minute = 1 milliWagner (1 mWg)

This unit will be particularly useful for superficially evaluating the works of other composers:

The entire works of Anton Webern can be contained on about 6 compact discs with a total running time of 36 centiWagners.

Or making us composers feel crappy about our own productivity:

After sitting at the piano for the entire evening, I realized that I was only able to compose about .5 milliWagners of usable music. Furthermore, my maximum rate of composition rarely breaks the 1 mWg/h mark.

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Review: Lovesong of the Electric Bear

Lovesong of the Electric Bear by Snoo Wilson dir Cheryl Faraone July 13-August 1 Atlantic Stage 2, 330 W 16th St http://www.potomactheatreproject.org/ Performance reviewed 7/11/2010 (preview) Regular readers of this blog know that I have a taste for the surreal and irrational in theater.  What they may not know is that I happen to haveContinue ReadingContinue Reading

On non-invisible music

Fractal expert Loren Carpenter brought my attention to a technical paper that found evidence that the distribution of shot lengths in cinema have been steadily evolving over the past 100 years to exhibit a 1/f power distribution.Your first question is probably, “what the hell is a 1/f power distribution”. And your second question is probablyContinue ReadingContinue Reading