The Delirium

In addition to the 3 sub-models of OMS (Basic model, Wisdom model, Transcendental model), there is an overlay which I call “The Delirium”. This alludes to the fact that the way that we actually experience the many factors of OMS is not as a set of discrete experiences but rather as a complex “wash” (Pierre Boulez called it a “delirium”). Included in The Delirium are complex shifts and various focus in attention, domino effects from the many stimuli, mind wandering, dozing off, and much much more. I do not know of a good word to accurately denote what goes on overall, I use “The Delirium” as an approximation.

To put it another way: The natural way for most people to experience music is somewhat as a fog, delirium, wash. Not as something that is analytical and discrete.

The analytical work that we do with OMS is difficult. It reflects the opposition between: [a] respect for the delirium, the mystery of music, and [b] the natural desire to analyze it and talk about it.