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In the Material World: Eric Dolphy's Handwritten Notes on Physics, Psychoacoustics and Other Real Modalities of Free Jazz

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Jul 07, 2014 01:57 PM EDT
The Physical World: Eric Dolphy on Physics and Other Modalities of non-Western Music, Thanks to Joe Con (Photo : An essay on the natural scale. Eric was obviously concerned with non-Western music. (Credit: Joe Con))
The Physical World: Eric Dolphy on Physics and Other Modalities of non-Western Music, Thanks to Joe Con (Photo : An essay on the natural scale. Eric was obviously concerned with non-Western music. (Credit: Joe Con))
The Physical World: Eric Dolphy on Physics and Other Modalities of non-Western Music, Thanks to Joe Con (Photo : A blurb on chords made up of equal intervals. (Credit: Joe Con))
The Physical World: Eric Dolphy on Physics and Other Modalities of non-Western Music, Thanks to Joe Con (Photo : A discussion on the perfection of instruments: "the flute is the most perfected instrument". This is an issue returned to in later notes. (Credit: Joe Con))
The Physical World: Eric Dolphy on Physics and Other Modalities of non-Western Music, Thanks to Joe Con (Photo : A discussion on the perfection of instruments: "the flute is the most perfected instrument". This is an issue returned to in later notes. (Credit: Joe Con))
The Physical World: Eric Dolphy on Physics and Other Modalities of non-Western Music, Thanks to Joe Con (Photo : An essay titled "Music and People". Some interesting quotes: "Jazz is a reflection of our country and its people. In jazz everyone has the freedom to create or add to, but of course within certain bounds. That is true in this country. Everybody has the fr)
The Physical World: Eric Dolphy on Physics and Other Modalities of non-Western Music, Thanks to Joe Con (Photo : An essay titled "Music and People". Some interesting quotes: "Jazz is a reflection of our country and its people. In jazz everyone has the freedom to create or add to, but of course within certain bounds. That is true in this country. Everybody has the fr)

The enigmatic quality of Eric Dolphy supersedes the strange circumstances surrounding his death. A major proponent of non-Western thinking, particularly regarding America's reception to non-linear jazz forms, the actuality of sound dominated Dolphy's thinking as a student.

But something I just stumbled upon yielded an interest that I'm not normally accustomed to follow with musicians who had such a brief career.

Perhaps I've been engaged with Dolphy's papers he did for a physics class for too long today, but there's something very telling by the notes that he scribbled onto loose-leaf here. (And thanks to my father's penmanship, I am well-versed in discerning words from chicken scratch.)

Thanks to Joe Con, indeed, for putting this up from his archives.

I advise you to go through Dolphy's notes twice. It's clear music dominated his thoughts on, well, everything.

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