Notations and systems of measurement


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Nanouk, our 2-year-old daughter, this morning took her wooden, tiny ruler, and sang with a mesmerized look: »Melodie, Melodie! Melodie, Melodie!« Musical notation is an Aufschreibesystem (Kittler) that serves to apply a linearizing quantification to specific, performative sound events.

Weeks before, our Spanish friends had given Nanouk two musical instruments for kids, with which she received two cards with the musical notations of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, London Bridge Is Falling Down among other children’s songs.