Bill Dietz
Hypothetical Non-Attenuating Zuccotti Park Reflections Times

A. 2 seconds – Perception of successive isochronous events as beats begins to break apart here (2-3 seconds, London, 2004, p.30). Also shortest length of next layer of conscious memory above echoic memory (playback in head can be for up to 10 seconds of information, Clarke 476). Slowest musical tempo (London, 2004, p.31).

B. In the second of these two 11 -syllable phrasal units, the speaker loses half of the human microphone as people begin to relay "Here's many good people" as he speaks "gathered here together," which, as the one portion of the human microphone finishes on the word "people," the other portion of the human microphone begins "Here's many good people gathered here together." The speaker continues: "We need more people," at which point, the human microphone begins to relay, and the speaker continues to finish this single phrasal unit. Here, the technology of the human microphone has been momentarily disassembled. Someone in the assembly interrupts him, shouting "Mic check!" in order to reorganize the microphone, both the primary speaker and his relayers. The crowd voice responds: "Mic check!" The primary speaker attempts to begin again, starts to speak, an uncertain "So," and then, to reground his speaking, calls, again, "Mic check." This primary speaker then continues his words, this time in phrasal units ranging between two and seven syllables, averaging four to five per unit, and his words are properly relayed across the microphone.

C. If, under such circumstances, the imitation of Echo takes us this far, we have to remember that Echo produces the possibility of a cure against the grain of her intention, and, even, finally, uncoupled from intention. Echo will not have been dragged into the circuit of adequate political imitation.

D. 0.1 seconds (100 milliseconds) - Fastest perceptual musical separation possible (London, 2004, pp.27,42), though in practice, usually only subdivisions (London, 2004, pp.34-35). Based upon multiple experiments showing 100-130 ms to be a boundary for performance and perception. Also shown to be the time needed to cortically process musical elements (London, 2004, p.29). Longest consonant length (unvoiced stop consonants with aspiration. Note: fricatives can be held longer; no standards exist for fricative length. (Fourakis lecture, 2005).

Image credit: A. & D. Miriam Tumeo; B. Michael Nardone; C. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

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Simultaneous Presence: June 6th, 6 - 8pm

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