and Factors of Rhythm
is Temporal Perspective
is the temporal patterning of events. Before the advent of power driven
machinery, all human work was governed by rhythm. The "secret" of the Egyptian
Pyramid building technology was the applied science of human mass mobilization
and precision coordination through rhythm.
Technology is based on Rhythm
Rhythm is applied as productive factor in extrasomatic implements (tools,
weapons), we speak of
All the early human-powered craft tools and weapons were masterpieces of
We tend to underestimate their sophistication because they appear so
commonplace. Examples: Axes, Atl-Atls, Bolas, Boomerangs, Sling-Shots, manual
(Fire-) Drills... William Calvin describes the important influence of neuronal
ballistic control for the evolution of intelligence. When machines took over in
the production process and in war, the "secrets" of rhythm design were largely
forgotten. The military remains strongly conscious of time factors and a strong
Marching formations and -music are remaining applications of
The Roman Legionaries had probably reached the ultimate achievement in mass
applications. Not to forget that the
the old Roman Symbol of unification of many people under one order and will, is
also the hallmark of
terrifying effects of
had found ample use in recent totalitarian experiments.
(1924): "Arbeit und Rhythmus"
(1981, III): "Vom Wesen des Rhythmus"
(1980): "Der Untergang des Abendlandes"