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sanjo

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In the 19th century Korean musicians from Chulla Province "began to improvise melodies taken from folk tunes, calling them sanjo, which means "scattered melody." But sanjo cannot just be a scattering, it is also a gathering and bringing into rhythm. According to Johnathan Cott and David Lewiston's liner notes for P'ansori: Korea's Epic Vocal Art and Instrumental Music, sanjo generally refers to the organization and refinement of previously scattered materials." Musicians select from "various melodies, which are now assembled in certain shifting but fixed rhythmic patterns that are defined and accentuated by the changgo, the drum that engages in subtle feedback with the kayageum" (Cott and Lewiston). The rituals of scattering and gathering common to all the traditions comprising global archive of rhythmic practice teach us to let go, and let the ideas flow. Boethius, who was also a rhetorician, describes dynamics and movement as the trace of that which exceeds words that is nonetheless present, because "presence gives to whatever may partake of it the quality of seeming to have being. But because it could not stay, it undertook an infinite journey of time; and so it came to pass that, by going, it continued that life, whose plenitude it could not comprehend by staying" (cited in Huxley, p.185). The improvisational and syncopated work of skaldic and sanjo, which alternately scatter and gather source material in an ongoing process of creative production, dissipate new rhythmic schemata readily apprehended by our senses and even our whole being.

 

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