On Musical Self-Similarity : Intersemiosis as Synecdoche and Analogy

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Pareyon , G 2011 , ' On Musical Self-Similarity : Intersemiosis as Synecdoche and Analogy ' , Helsinki and Imatra .

Title: On Musical Self-Similarity : Intersemiosis as Synecdoche and Analogy
Author: Pareyon, Gabriel
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies 2010-2017
Publisher: Suomen semiotiikan seura : Imatran kansainvälinen semiotiikka instituutti (ISI),
Date: 2011-04-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 568
Belongs to series: Approaches to Musical Semiotics - Acta semiotica Fennica
ISBN: 978-952-5431-32-2
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/229482
Abstract: Self-similarity, a concept borrowed from mathematics, is gradually becoming a keyword in musicology. Although a polysemic term, self-similarity often refers to the multi-scalar feature repetition in a set of relationships, and it is commonly valued as an indication for musical ‘coherence’ and ‘consistency’. In this study, Gabriel Pareyon presents a theory of musical meaning formation in the context of intersemiosis, that is, the translation of meaning from one cognitive domain to another cognitive domain (e.g. from mathematics to music, or to speech or graphic forms). From this perspective, the degree of coherence of a musical system relies on a synecdochic intersemiosis: a system of related signs within other comparable and correlated systems. The author analyzes the modalities of such correlations, exploring their general and particular traits, and their operational bounds. Accordingly, the notion of analogy is used as a rich concept through its two definitions quoted by the Classical literature—proportion and paradigm, enormously valuable in establishing measurement, likeness and affinity criteria. At the same time, original arguments by Benoît B. Mandelbrot (1924–2010) are revised, alongside a systematic critique of the literature on the subject. In fact, connecting Charles S. Peirce’s ‘synechism’ with Mandelbrot’s ‘fractality’ is one of the main developments of the present study.
Subject: 613 Arts
611 Philosophy

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