Kevin Zhang: Punctuations, In​/​Over Silence

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Kevin Zhang on "PUNCTUATIONS IN/OVER SILENCE"

The multiple prepositions in the title references the idea of temporality where signifying events happen either "in time" or "over time." (See eg. Kielan-Gilbert, Smithers, Iyer, et al.) The difference lies in whether the temporal space of an event constitutes significant agency for the event's identity, or if it is merely a medium through which the event is mediated. Thus, time can be experienced through various degrees of rigidity or elasticity depending on whether or not the event happens in or over it. The word "silence" implies that silence itself is the blank canvas in and over which these events (or "punctuations") occur. "Punctuations" serve as metaphors for the syntactic (and perhaps even semantic) desires, implications, and requirements the musical events create; some beg for expansion and unpacking, others serve as connections, and of course, others signify pauses and endings.

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from Made in California, released October 28, 2013

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