A profusion of thoughts, emotions, and sensory perceptions is characteristic of works such as Ulysses
by James Joyce, in which expressions of direct experience are conveyed through descriptive literary imagery. While such works were considered originally to be breaks from traditional forms, they have ultimately become traditional in their own ways.
As T.S. Eliot conveyed a poetic vision via fragmented imagery and the objective correlative, Charles Olson proposed that poetry render direct experience through direct expression, patterned after speech and delineating a flow of perceptions, unlimited by formal structure. The vigorous nature of his ideas gained momentum outside the environs of academia, developed into forms carried forward by the Beat writers, and remains influential in numerous fields, including contemporary popular music.
In William S. Burroughs's novel The Ticket That Exploded
the author expanded upon the idea of capturing elements of subjective psychic states by suggesting the use of cutting and splicing recorded sounds on tape and recombining them, as he had done with words using the aptly-named "cut up" technique. Here is another instance of the stream of consciousness literary form being further modified in the attempt to communicate myriad levels of meaning simultaneously.
Reflections of these concepts are found throughout the arts of the twentieth century and those of contemporary times, and are by nature intimately connected with diverse aspects of the music under consideration in these observations.
Ideas, even recondite ones, do not simply cease to exist, but carry live sparks.