Marie Tueje's blog: short texts about all things.


I'm trying to find answers, but am unsure of the questions. I then figured out that the reason why I'm finding it difficult to formulate questions is because I am lacking in concepts around which to frame these questions. But what is a concept? 'Well, It's an idea,' I told myself, and after a little more though I came up with the following:

A concept is an idea, transferred to a model, that can explain some pattern of behaviour, or mode of operation in general terms.

From, I found this: 

A general notion or idea...
An idea about something formed by mentally combining all its characteristics or particulars...

So far, not so far off. Bring these thoughts together and playing around with them a little bit, I decided that a concept is:

  • Nebulous, volatile, unstable, uncertain;
  • A mental construct, rather than a physical one (which would be a 'proof of concept');
  • Reflexive; of and pertaining to itself.

Furthermore, concepts are what help us to understand much of what goes on in the physical world around us.  For example, we (certainly in the West) say that night follows day. We do not say day follows night although, this is surely equally true. We retain the concept of a day (and all that entails) followed by night, and likewise its happenings, and from this concept we slot in a piece of information that helps us to understand time. 

I am interested in concepts that relate to sound, audio, music, sound and moving image, and will spend the next few weeks collecting the concepts that underpin these areas. The more simple and obvious, at least at first, the better. It's actually harder than you might think.