Thursday, February 3, 2011
Tijdgeest is the Dutch word for "in the spirit of time" but one can also translate it more literally to "spirit of time" (note the small but significant difference) or "ghost of time". It is the latter that strikes every 30 seconds. Why? It is said that a human brain needs 7 seconds to properly register and remember a sound or array of sounds. But to my mind, this excludes a possible appreciation of what is heard. This marks the difference between hearing and listening.
It is my experience that it takes at least half a minute to properly understand any sounds that are being played. Hence the striking of the ghost of time. The aim of Tijdgeest however is that the listener at some point unconsciously understands the song and thus will become oblivious to the ghost of time. Only then has hearing transformed into listening and understanding.