This is just a small little piece, part of a larger series I’m working on about sound. I’m still working with poetry, I’m just expanding it and working on both at the same time. I’m reading David Byrne’s book “How Music Works” and in one very interesting section he talks about how he was selecting dancers for a show. There were just four rules:
1. Improvise moving to the music and come up with an eight-count phrase.
2. When you find a phrase you like, loop (repeat) it.
3. When you see someone else with a stronger phrase, copy it. and
4. When everyone is doing the same phrase the exercise is over.
It took four minutes for all the dancers to move in perfect unison! In this way they could pick the strongest dancer—virtually by the other dancers deciding! There is a phenomena called entrainment which was discovered by Christian Huygens in 1665. He observed that all of his pendulum driven clocks over time synchronized with each other—even if he deliberately started them swinging at different times. This site by Dr. Frank Lipman has some fascinating information about entrainment. Because of how quickly we communicate now I think we’ve gone into hyperspeed entrainment!
When you think about it makes complete sense that this phenomena occurs throughout nature. Hopefully in this way we are all always working to become the best we can be, to think when people copy each other—it’s a form of entrainment!