Where the is unresolved ambiguity in communication, there is no communication, or at best communication must be incomplete.
Just look at the word “communication” for a moment. Its root is related to the word “common”. We speak of a community as a group of people who have something in common. Communication is an effort on the part of one person to share something with another person (or with an animal or a machine): his knowledge, his decisions, his sentiments. It suceeds only when it results in a common something, such as an item of information or knowledge that two parties share.
When there is ambiguity in the communication of knowledge, all that is in common are the words that one person speaks or writes and another hears or reads. So long as ambiguity persists, there is no meaning in common between between writer and reader. For the communication to be successfully completed, therefore, it is necessary for the two parties to use the same words with the same meanings —in short, to come to terms. When that happens, communication happens, the miracle of two minds with but a single thought.
(…) It turns out Dark Night Of The Soul is an album and the songs were written by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse (Mark Linkous), though the myriad singers featured on each track also had a big hand in composing and producing the work. The album was initially going to be packaged with a book of photos taken by David Lynch. But now there’s word that the music may never be officially released at all.
An unnamed spokesperson for Danger Mouse says that “due to an ongoing dispute with EMI” the book of photographs will “now come with a blank, recordable CD-R. All copies will be clearly labeled: ‘For legal reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.'” While offering no specifics, EMI has acknowledged the legal dispute with Danger Mouse and released a statement saying, “Danger Mouse is a brilliant, talented artist for whom we have enormous respect. We continue to make every effort to resolve this situation and we are talking to Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) directly. Meanwhile, we need to reserve our rights.”
You can order the book, sans music, from the official Dark Night Of The Soul Web site. In the meantime, you can hear the entire album here on NPR Music as an Exclusive First Listen.
I am listening it right now and it sounds good so far, well it was expected with, J. Casablancas, Iggy Pop, James Mercer, Vic Chesnutt…