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Structuring Mnemonic Encoding of Development Plans and Ethical Charters using Musical Leitmotivs


Introduction
Proposal
Sonification and 'auditory display'
Presentation of plans, declarations, charters, etc
Popular appeal: an alternative communiqué
Periodic table
Clarifying interplay between elements of a plan - a key to sustainability
Development implications
References

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Introduction

The following proposal is inspired by the idea of a Leitmotif as used in Richard Wagner's operatic cycle The Ring of the Nibelungs. The Ring (which takes over twenty hours to perform) is tightly unified by the use of Leitmotifs, musical motives which represent persons, places, things and ideas. Leitmotivs are easily remembered melodic elements associated either with a character or object in the opera, or with a specific emotion or feeling. They are used to illustrate and represent a variety of characters, symbolic objects and themes of easily recognizable melodic, rhythmic or harmonic identity. The melodic fragments acquire symbolic meaning in the music-dramas and serve an integrative structural purpose. Extended symphonic passages are built up on them and they are combined, contrasted and superimposed, one on another, in a manner to suggest the development sections of symphonies.

The relevance of Leitmotifs in popular culture is explored in a powerful comparison with their use in the Star Wars film series (Kristian Evensen, 1999). Such a "pattern language" is consistent with that developed by Christopher Alexander (1977) as a participative design tool, and subsequently adapted as a guide for computer programming.

sign tool, and subsequently adapted as a guide for computer programming.