Eli Zeger is a writer and musician originally from Montclair, NJ.
Musicians across different genres have been manipulating sound to achieve a phenomenon of temporal nonlinearity. Although a song plays for a set duration, the format can be reworked to function like a painting or piece of literature.
Last September, I remember feeling a little dizzy while looking at the Pablo Palazuelo piece Diferencias XII (1987) in the Ahmanson Building at LACMA. The painting is a lattice of yellowish-white lines that break and melt into each other against a dark-as-night backdrop.