rhythm - Currently no debate

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Associated practices:
Architecture - Film making - Music

rhythm in Architecture

Notes towards a definition: Goethe was a smart guy but he said at least one very silly thing: “Architecture is frozen music”.  Music is about movement (change) in time; if you freeze it you kill it. So. Rhythm is an articulation of time. Architecture is an articulation of space, so rhythm in architecture must be about a relationship between space and time, and how that becomes articulate. In order for space to be articulated in relation to time there must be movement (change). Since the thing that is most obviously moving in architecture is you, then the rhythm must be connected to something that you are doing. So I propose that it is the person who principally articulates the rhythm of the architecture, by moving over it with the eye or through it with the body. Of course this is a dance between the architect’s intention and the person’s perception.

Stuart Jones

see:http://www.stuartjones-wawamoz.com/essays/dancing.html

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rhythm in Film making

usually: the use of montage to create a ‘cutting rhythm’ in a sequence of shots. The term can also be applied to the rhythm of movement within a shot, and how this relates to the cutting rhythm. Stan Brakhage was a master of this. Is sometimes also used in relation to the macro structure of a film, but ‘pace’ is more often used in this context.

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rhythm in Music

the segmentation of time into musical articulation, achieved through beat, metre and accent; can be applied from the micro (cellular r.) to the macro (structural r.) level. See also metre or beat

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metre - beat
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