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Virtual Idea Notebook #4

Digital codes are interesting sequences, especially if they are used intuitively. In order to create an interesting paradigm, the units within the set must be different, yet they must be connected. Creating a difference and still maintaining a connection between all the units in the set is difficult. It is, however, not limited to just visual ideas. Take a piano for example. The keys are similar. All the white keys are the same, as well as the black keys. Each key plays a different note when pressed. Playing a scale on a piano keyboard creates a digital code. Each key makes a note that connects to the preceding and following notes. The scale is a digital code if it is played correctly; each key flows perfectly throughout the scale.

Eb Major scale; meridianensembleprod.com/EbPia.jpg

Analogue codes, like digital codes, work well with piano chords or scales. Rather than the sound creating the connection, the notation of the music creates the connection. Most of the time the connection is not as clear as with the digital codes. Analogue codes are more cut and dry, bare bones type paradigms. Hearing a scale and looking at a scale written out on paper are two completely different aspects of codes, yet they exist hand in hand with each other. With the scale written out, it can be interpreted and played. The sound will then exist from the notation, creating another digital paradigm.


Eb Major scale notation; http://www.scottperkins.org/images/scales/es_major_scale_1.gif

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