Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Why AugmentedFragments.com for the domain?

I thought that the reasons behind the domain name deserved a post. I meant to do this a while ago to christen the blog, but just didn't get around to it, so here we go.

First the Why
A few trivial reasons:
  1. My name is common enough that every combination I could justify owning as a domain name was taken long before the idea occurred to me
  2. I wanted something unique, reflective of me, not reflective of the times
  3. I wanted a .com domain
  4. AugmentedFragments.com was available (likely because of it's obscurity, length, and likelihood of misspelling)

Now the How
At the most basic level, this blog is a partial record of my thoughts. Fragments, you could say, of my thought process. To take it a step further, I don't always stop to explain my thoughts to myself, but in this blog I do attempt to clarify and analyze. Ergo, the fragments are modified, expounded upon, hopefully improved.

From "improved" I inferred progress in the upward direction and then my background as a musician took over. Up translated as a higher pitch. Fragments became chords, as a piece of music may be digested down to the building blocks underlying the complexity of the melody, rhythm, intonation, and color.

So what happens if you take a chord and "move it up"? If you maintain the same chord, then "moving up" would probably just be playing the first or second inversion. That definition doesn't fit well, since essentially it means reordering the notes within the chord. All the same notes are there, nothing has changed but the order.

I view my posts as more than a reordering of my thoughts, so I needed something that modified the root chord, and yet still "moved it up." And thus I arrived on augmented chords. An augmented triad is a chord with a raised fifth (basically, the high note of the chord is a little higher than usual) resulting in two symmetrical intervals, between the first and third, and the third and fifth, that split the octave evenly.

Augmented chords are dissonant, unresolved, but that's not the implication I am trying to convey. An additional feature of an augmented chord is that, beginning with a major augmented triad in an arbitrary (I'll explain why arbitrary shortly) root position, the first inversion is a root position augmented triad beginning on the third and the second inversion is a root position augmented triad beginning on the fifth. Thus, the root of an augmented chord is ambiguous since it could be any one of the three notes forming the triad. This may seem problematic, but is actually quite wonderful if you happen to be an accompanying musician since it increases the available chord shapes which will "sound good."

Thus, augmented fragments are supposed to be portions of my thought process which have been both clarified and obscured so that they are easily understood and readily applicable to a variety of situations.

I'm not going to give you a fish here, but hopefully you'll come away with a few more hints on how to fish.

4 comments:

Corey said...

I had understood "fragments" in a literary sense - the literary fragment is interesting because it demands something of the reader; the reader must imagine a context for the fragment, in order for it to acquire any meaning whatsoever.

I like the explanation of "augmented" especially.

Ryan said...

@corey

I like that addition of literary fragments!

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