Bildet fremstiller frigjøringskrigeren Zulfiqar Khan idet han henvender seg med spørsmål til maurene. Langs den høyre siden av bildet går tre rader med maur, hvorav to av maurene trer frem mot Zulfiqar Khan. To menn henvender seg til dem med respektfullt foldede hender. Mennene på hestene holder hånden åpent mot maurene, som om de er i dialog med dem.
Zulfiqar Makes a Request to the Ants
Page from a dispersed series of the Banavedha
Artist/maker unknown. Indian, c. 1720-1730. Made in Udaipur, Rajasthan, Mewar Region, India. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper. Philadelphia Museum of Art: Bequest of William P. Wood, 1996-120-7
If music was a purely aesthetic experience I don’t think it would occupy the central place it does in our affairs. It must make waves in the environment and have repercussions beyond the concert hall.
Cornelius Cardew på radio etter første fremføring av The Great Learning, Paragraph 1.
Even today an expert Ch’in player will himself remain intently listening long after a note has become inaudible to the other listeners.
Joseph Needham in Science and Civilization in China, vol 4.
Recently, a lot of attention has been placed on rhythm perception and production in animals. Especially since Aniruddh Patel’s (Patel, Iversen, Bregman, & Schulz, 2009) study on Snowball, the dancing cockatoo and his ability to track and move to the beat in music, there has been much focus on rhythmic entrainment across the animal kingdom. Fantastic recent neural research in primates has been produced (see Merchant & Bartolo, 2017, for review).