This paper begins to probe the limits of digital representation. By offering a phenomenological account of the experience of time in music, the paper considers a tension between that experience and the discrete basis of digital code. It asks whether a medium founded on the bit — a perfectly individuated, defined and ordered unit — can be adequate to a reflexive, anticipatory and non-discrete experience like that of music.
Aden Evens is associate professor and vice chair in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. His research and teaching tend to fall between disciplinary categories but consistently focus on the ways in which individuals and cultures are influenced by formal systems which they also overflow, such as those of mathematics, material sciences and technical and social codes. His books and articles leverage his doctoral training in philosophy to explore the digital, sound and music, mathematics and literature.