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Sudden changes of volume, or shattering of boredom , are not the only ways of achieving a feeling of shock. In classical music perhaps the greatest effect is produced by a modulation into a. the sounds a completely new quality. This type of shock usually gIves the listener an excitement-a pleasurable effect, a feeling of purposeful uncertainty and adventure, of sensing from a new aspect. One wonders whether, in the everyday world, a purposeful change of enviromnent, mingled with some uncertainty, can be arranged to help those sufTering from the pounding reiteratio~ of feedback.

You are an IndIVIdual and your individuality is to be greatly treasured. 56 But contemporary music still worries you? you are still worried by the seeming lack of musical fonn? Have you ever tried musing in front of a flickering coal fire? The coals fonn fascinating, grotesque shapes, some fiery red, some sullen black. Tongues of flame, blue and yellow, create crazy rhythms as they dance. You cannot predict what will happen next, yet you feel beneath it all a consuming pulse. You go awandering among these mOlmtains of carbon, through this crevasse, down that valley, catching at each step a new glimpse of a tottering rocky pinnacle.

Can space and time both be solid, or do we need to maintain the fluidity of one to 'perceive' the solidity of the other? Have some human brains the ability to lIlontaigne space and time- to gain a perspective enabling each to be seen as either solid or fluid? Such considerations and flights of imagination excite some people, but depress others. Even the advancing technology of today seems to frighten some people, and makes them think that technical ingenuity will outstrip the wonders of the hUll1an brain.

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