Well, exactly. That's what I meant when I said that it was very confusing to me, as a young grad student in an outside field, to have a course that assigned Peirce and Lacan side by side with a straight face, evidently taking them equally seriously.
There may or may not be some legitimate field of inquiry going under the name of semiotics. In grad school a number of years ago, however, I took a (graduate-level) Introduction to Semiotics that was a pretty remarkable hodgepodge of bullshit, along with just enough non-bullshit to make a complete o...(read more)
Phil, you've probably seen this already, but a bunch of proposals for alternative notation systems are collected [here](http://musicnotation.org/systems/). Some of them are basically exactly what you would prefer to be reading. It would be *really* cool if someone wrote a Lilypond package that could...(read more)
Very true. Staff notation essentially says "Here are the pitches and rhythms, now it's your job to figure out how to make them happen on your instrument." As you point out, a very real alternative to staff notation exists in tablature, which (in general) is any notation system that instead says "Her...(read more)
Agreed on all this.
I didn't have anything really radical in mind. I think it's pretty clear that there's a long-term trend toward high-level music-making relying on notation to a decreasing extent. I have a number of friends who are professional composers, and some of them use notation to write for instruments, while ...(read more)
Good post and I'll chime in if you don't mind. I teach this stuff for a living and even highly skilled musicians struggle with it in various ways (myself emphatically included).
The main thing I want to say is that there's a reason why essentially all music education consists of many years of rote ...(read more)
Yes, it should be clarified. The main ambiguity that I was reacting to is that "art" can mean specifically visual arts or it can mean "the arts," extending to performing and literary arts. As it is, I'm not sure if my profession (scholarship concerning music) is "art" or "other."
In fact (now addre...(read more)
On "Profession," the field label "Art" is vague. Better would be "Arts and humanities."
I used to hear something similar in debates over gay marriage:
Gay person: "I only want to have the same right as a straight person: the right to marry the person I love."
Gay marriage opponent: "No no, you already have the same right as a straight person: the right to marry a person of the opposi...(read more)