On Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM, Bruno Marchal <marc...@ulb.ac.be> wrote:

> On 02 Aug 2012, at 21:34, Platonist Guitar Cowboy wrote:
> I do not want to suggest a definition, but have a question concerning comp
> frame. When I improvise, often in Jazz or Rock context the free will
> question becomes fuzzy in this way:
> Sometimes you hit a point where all the patterns/formulas you've learned;
> i.e. the kind of stuff you can play in your sleep, all the pre-calculated,
> time-proven stuff, runs out... at which point you risk repeating yourself
> in redundancy. At this point, I am forced to take a risk and plunge into
> the icy waters of all things I haven't played yet.
> When it works, it feels like magic as instant composition; but even when
> it doesn't, which makes up the great majority of these situations, and a
> technical error results from forced decision, as Brent says, out of time
> constraint, you can "ride the mistake". And on some occasions it can change
> the whole musical situation and take the band in a different direction:
> like we wanted to close after so many choruses, but we extend "because
> somebody found that weird thing" and riding it was pretty nice and it
> echoes into coda and ending, everybody quoting it.
> So from 1p perspective the technical error is not intended. Not a free
> decision and rather embarrassing, taken out of context.
> But this can reverse from point of view of the band/audience after the
> mistake has proven a fruitful input for some new groove. Then everybody
> agrees it was cool, and that we fully intended and meant that to happen in
> a "that's what music is about" kind of way. But then it can also be a
> random bullshit mistake; not fruitful at all. Strangely, even though I
> decide to "take the plunge", I don't really feel like I'm in control of
> this. But if venue, band, audience is cool; I definitely control it more,
> than when a bunch of professors are evaluating me.
> So my question for weak comp frame: who/what else is in control when 1p
> makes a forced, time-constrained decision?
> It seems to me that you answered the question in the question. If it is
> the 1p which makes the decision, the one in control is the 1p itself (that
> is, with other name, the inner god, the unnameable self, the subject, the
> (first) person). It is a mixture of truth and beliefs.
> Bruno

Thanks for the answer.

It makes sense that 1p tends to play more bullshit, forcing time
constrained decision, when it believes itself to be evaluated (by some
professor for example), than when 1p believes itself to be in a "truer" or
less contrived musical playing situation, like the audience is sufficiently
drunk, people are supportive and laughing etc. By truth you mean 1p truth,

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