Adrian Freed: fuelling imagination for inventing entrainments

Here’s a note relevant to entrainment and co-ordinated rhythm, as the Lighting and Rhythm workshop looms.

Adrian Freed’s collected a list of what he calls “semblance typology of entrainments.”
Notice that he does NOT say “types” but merely a typology of semblances, which helps us avoid reification errors.

Let’s think of this as a way to enrich our vocabulary for rhythm, entrainment, temporality, processuality in movement and sound.
Let’s not use this — or any other list of categories — as an absolute universal set of categories sans context. 
See the comments below.

On Nov 8, 2014, at 11:54 AM, Xin Wei Sha <> wrote:
I would like to enrich our imagination before we lock too much into talking about “synchronization” 
and regular periodic clocks in the Lighting and Rhythm workshop.

On Nov 8, 2014, at 10:01 PM, Adrian Freed <> wrote:
I haven't thought about this in a while but the move to organize the words using the term "together" which I did for the talk at Oxford is interesting because it allows a formalization in mereotopology a la Whitehead but I would have to provide an interpretation of enclosure and overlap that involves  correlation metrics in some structure, for example, CPCA 
(Correlational Principal Component Analysis):

On Nov 9, 2014, at 7:05 AM, Sha Xin Wei <> wrote:

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Thanks Adrian,

Then I wonder if rank statistics —  ordering vs cardinal metrics — could be a compromise way.
David Tinapple and Loren Olson here have invented a web system for peer-critique called CritViz
that has students rank each other’s projects.  It’s an attention orienting thing…

Of course there are all sorts of problems with it — the most serious one being 
herding toward mediocrity or at best herding toward spectacle

and it is a bandage invented by the necessity of dealing with high student / teacher ratios in studio classes.

The theoretical question is can we approximate a mereotopology on space of 
Whiteheadian or Simondonian  processes using rank ordering 
which may do away with the requirement for coordinate loci.

Axiom of Choice gives us a well ordering on any set, so that’s a start, 
but there is no effective decidable way to compute an ordering for an arbitrary set.
I think that’s a good thing.   And it should be drilled into every engineer.
This means that the responsibility for ordering 
shifts to ensembles in milieu rather than individual people or computers.

Hmmm, so where does that leave us?

We turn to our anthropologists, historians, 
and to the canaries in the cage — artists and poets…

There’s a group of faculty here including  Cynthia Selin, who are doing what they call scenario [ design | planning | imagining ]
as a way for people to deal with wicked messy situations like climate change, or developing economies.   They seem very prepared for 
narrative techniques applied to ensemble events but don’t know anything about theater or performance.  
It seems like a situation  ripe for exploration.  If we can get sat the naive phase of slapping conventional narrative genres from
community theater or gamification or info-visualization onto this.

Very hard to talk about, so I want to build examples here.

Xin Wei