“TV Needs MTV Like MTV Needs Computers” by Whitney

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    TV Needs MTV Like MTV Needs Computers



    J. S. Bach’s last unfinished work, THE ART OF THE FUGUE, is a magnificent network of simple theme and variations that are interwoven, transposed, inverted, and retrogressed. Some believe that Bach’s counterpoint, which consists of a complementarity of voice-parts, exhibits an affinity with algorithmic computer-program instructions and procedures. I agree, and I believe that a video counterpoint offers a special complementarity between its own musical and its visual voice-parts.


    Whitney, John, Digital Harmony, McGraw Hill, New York, 1980.
    Whitney, John, John Whitney – Visual Pathfinders Series, Pioneer Laser Disc Corporation, Tokyo, 1984.

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