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the Self

  • 'Living an experience, a particular fate, is accepting it fully... It is not a matter of explaining and solving, but of experiencing and describing.'
    -Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus


I'm a current student of Physics, and History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science and Medicine (HiPSS) at the University of Chicago; have been for 2 years, and now identify myself as much with Chicago as I do with Singapore. You know you're part of the city when tourists come up to you and ask you for directions downtown.

So who/what am I? I was born a Singaporean-chinese in the 1980s. I have had (and am still having) my Erikson phases, be it that of the all-obeying child, the autonomous/doubtful teen, or the totalist adolescent. That's what life is about, the progress from phase to phase, in a continual search for description and identity.

And this blog represents my continual search for identity; spun-off from the ideas of Heinrich Schenker, I have split-up my life into the foreground, middle ground, and back ground.

The foreground present is presented to you in the main blog; the Kantian sense perception that is the only certainty in life.

A study in Schenkerian analysis has lead me to 'postulate' a middle-ground of life. These are the nuances that generate my conscious life. This middle ground is traced to the influences around me - food, media, etc. and the soundtracking project aims to track these very sounds and nuances of life.

side note: contributors for the soundtracking project are still welcomed! do email me for more information