Repetition II

Jacques Derrida:

I am not an “Ornette Coleman expert,” but if I translate what you are doing into a domain that I know better, that of written language, the unique event that is produced only one time is nevertheless repeated in its very structure. Thus there is a repetition, in the work, that is intrinsic to the initial creation—that which compromises or complicates the concept of improvisation. Repetition is already in improvisation: thus when people want to trap you between improvisation and the pre-written, they are wrong.

Ornette Coleman:

Repetition is as natural as the fact that the earth rotates.

From an interview in Les Inrockuptibles, 1997. Translated by Timothy S. Murphy. (And with thanks to Geoff Winston.)


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