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Music is proposed as participating, along with the other arts and games, in a program to regulate the psychological dynamic created by the evolution of language. In the starkest terms, language tends to the complexly abstract, and music favors the complexly concrete. Music advocates for direct experience by complexly modeling the ongoing temporal encounter between perceiver and world. The quasi-fractal consistencies between self-organization as found on different levels of the world oblige the author to echo ancient wisdom and to extend, with the appropriate caution, the idea of music as model from music modeling our own human self-creation, to music modeling the process of continuous creation itself, as it's found on all levels. Perhaps musicking is participation in the performance of a creation story. Considered in this way, even the least pretentious pop song or advertising jingle could be heard as a ritual reenactment of cosmogony.

Keywords: cosmogony; human self-creation; music modeling; ritual reenactment

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