What does exactly mean "marked for consciousness" in this phrase:
"Therefore, in order for meter to exist, some of the pulses in a series must be accented - marked for consciousness - relative to others."
Is it possible fr one to say, instead:
"Therefore, in order for meter to exist, some of the pulses in a series must be accented - mainly by consciousness - relative to others."
The quote is from 'The Rhythmic Structure of Music' by Cooper nad Meyer, and I think that by 'pulses' they mean 'beats' in music.
'In order for meter to exist' you need to have repetitive pattern of strong and weak beats, i.e. a series of strong and weak beats; some of the must be accented = made louder ('marked for consciousness'), therefore possible for listeners to be differentiated from the quieter ones.
Well, that's how I understand it.
The suffix -ness doesn't work they way they want it to. "Consciousness" doesn't mean 'ability to be been_conscious_of'*
*That is, someone (S) is conscious of a pulse (P). S has consciousness of P. P doesn't have consciousness of anything. P is both inanimate and abstract, and so can't be conscious by definition.
Last edited by BobK; 23-Mar-2009 at 11:14. Reason: Added clarification