from Visual and Acoustic Space by Marshall Mcluhan

I'm sorry. I'm obsessed.

"Acoustic space structure is the natural space of nature-in-the-raw inhabited by non-literate people. It is like the "mind's ear" or acoustic imagination that dominates the thinking of pre-literate and post literate humans alike (rock video has as much acoustic power as a Watusi mating dance) It is both discontinuous and nonhomogeneous. Its resonant and interpenetrating processes are simultaneously related with centers everywhere and boundaries nowhere. Like music...acoustic space requires neither proof nor explanation but is made manifest through its cultural content. Acoustic and visual space structures may be seen as incommensurable, like history and eternity yet at the same time as complementary, like art and science or biculturalism."

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