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non·rep·re·sen·ta·tion·al

 (nŏn-rĕp′rĭ-zĕn-tā′shə-nəl)
adj.
Of, relating to, or being a style of art in which natural objects are not represented realistically; nonobjective.

nonrepresentational

(ˌnɒnrɛprɪzɛnˈteɪʃənəl)
adj
(Art Terms) art another word for abstract4
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Adj.1.nonrepresentational - of or relating to a style of art in which objects do not resemble those known in physical nature
artistic creation, artistic production, art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
abstract - existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment; "abstract words like `truth' and `justice'"
representational - (used especially of art) depicting objects, figures,or scenes as seen; "representational art"; "representational images"
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54) If things are not substantially constituted by form, which is to say, by that nonmaterial principle of intelligibility that gives things their intrinsic unity, actuality, and essential identity, then Rorty (if he were to be unironic for a moment) would be right that our thoughts and descriptions of things do not signify anything in nature, and thus are merely nonrepresentationally nominal terms of convenience for getting along with our chosen agendas.
His idea is that music on television can function in many ways, but typically either as representationally (of moods, background descriptor, or cultural specifiers) or nonrepresentationally.