[This post concludes the series about Dylan’s idea of “mathematical music” in Chronicles] When Dylan talks freely, he can be very eloquent, and one feels one is snapping at the heels of pure genius. But once he starts giving examples, it all sounds quote mundane, and very banal, and one is left thinking “Was that […]

# “What I learned from Lonnie Johnson”

In *Chronicles*, Dylan describes how he learned a musical system from Lonnie Johnson in the mid-60s. This series is an attempt at an interpretation of this system.

[This post belongs to a series about Dylan’s idea of “mathematical music” in Chronicles] “I’m not a numerologist”, Dylan says (Chronicles, p. 159). But before and after this statement, he builds up such a metaphysical web around the force of numbers, that the only definition of a numerologist that he does not fit into, is […]

[This post belongs to a series about Dylan’s idea of “mathematical music” in Chronicles] In the discussion of the Lonnie Johnson technique in Chronicles, Dylan refers to Link Wray’s “Rumble” as one of the pieces that uses this method. He says: Once I understood what I was doing, I realized that I wasn’t the first […]

[This post belongs to a series about Dylan’s idea of “mathematical music” in Chronicles] I agree with the comment in the first post on this subject, that rhythm and a deliberately ambiguity between 3/4 and 4/4 time may be part of what Dylan is talking about. Some of the problem is that he seems to […]

[This post belongs to a series about Dylan’s idea of “mathematical music” in Chronicles] Well, what is it — the musical style that Dylan talks about in Chronicles? I’ll be writing some more on this on the main site, but here are some less processed ideas about it, in preparation for the longer study. I […]