DOI: 10.14704/nq.2018.16.3.1116

The Aesthetics of Information: A Bit of Beauty

Daegene Song


On the basis of the cyclical time model of consciousness, the aesthetics of arts and music is discussed in terms of the smallest unit of information, the bit. Previously, the chronological advancement of music was discussed in terms of an increase in randomness, which then led to a higher order. The musical beauty of a bit is considered in light of randomness and order being interconnected through a cyclical looping process, as seen in consciousness. On the other hand, the progress of the arts can be studied in terms of the interplay between physical and the mental aspects. It is argued that the artistry of a single bit may be associated with an attachment between the reality of the bit and the semantic meaning, or the conscious awareness of choice. The relevance of the proposed model of beauty in music and the arts to Heidegger’s argument on existence and Wittgenstein’s analysis of language is also discussed.


Information, Beauty, Cyclical time, Language, Music, Arts

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