Words and Music—Two Sides of the Sense of Hearing

By Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

March 2023 EDITORIAL
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MUSIC HAS ALWAYS been a phenomenon to savour for the great thinkers. One can sense how these master craftsmen of words relished being stumped when it came to analysing music. Compared to how eloquent they could be about almost anything else, they were simply at a loss for words when describing music. Why has that been the case?Largely, their contemplations on Music would (1) ascribe divine functions to it; (2) relate it to words the way ultraviolet and infrared relates...

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Dato' Dr. Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His latest book is Signals in the Noise: Notes on Penang, Malaysia and the World (Singapore: Faction Press) Homepage: wikibeng.com.