J​.​T. Fraser Appointed Official Timekeeper of Ongoing Achilles v. Tortoise Footrace (In Memoriam)

from by David D. McIntire

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J.T. Fraser (1923-2010) was a scholar whose work dealt with the theory and experience of time. More than any other individual he contributed to a contemporary understanding of time in all of its manifestations. Two themes which he repeatedly addressed were "time as conflict" and a "hierarchical theory of time," with different temporalities nested within one another. The title refers to one of Zeno's Paradoxes, wherein the fleet-of-foot Achilles can never overtake the tortoise because he has given the tortoise a head start. No matter how fast he runs, the tortoise remains slightly ahead. Having entered eternity, I imagine Fraser as presiding over a race that will never conclude. Different temporalities are evoked and collide, with all sounds coming from one of my most precious temporal icons, a noisy and ancient Kodak darkroom timer.

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from music of variable circumstance, track released April 2, 2011
Composed and realized by David D. McIntire at his studio in Kansas City, March 2011.

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