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When I think of linear compositional development Beethoven and the fugue immediately come to mind as development occurs or unfolds from a singularity, motive, or theme. Symphony Fantastique by Berlioz unfolds from the idee fixe as the primary generator. Even serialism compositions are dependent on distributed spatial relationships from a cell or row. Although this is unquestionably a logical process for Western music which occurs in time; that is having a starting point, a middle, and an end, there should be examples of works that do not follow this pattern. In other words a sound event that is more simultaneously global. For instance the way the brain works simultaneously functioning in different regions to perceive and navigate consciouness. Buckminster Fuller's symmetrical geometry comes to mind - the geometry of geodesic structure in which all tension is simultaneously equally distributed and codependent. As a composer I have been interested in abandoning linear development because it seems antiquated as a model. In much the same way as quantum mechanics and string theory have suggested indeterminacy and connectivity across dimensions. Can anyone suggest contemporary or otherwise musical compositions that are not linear in origin? Thank you for any suggestions or ideas.
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