Music after Deleuze

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Despite the multitude of musical references in the writings of Gilles Deleuze, the explicit treatment of music in his work is arguably less important than how his concept-based philosophy can help us to rethink music. Deleuzian concepts offer interesting ways of thinking about repetition and variation in a range of musics including Western art music from the medieval period to the avant-garde, jazz improvisation, popular, folk and liturgical music. The concept of the ‘assemblage’ provides a productive way of thinking the specificity of any new musical work as the meeting of lines of flight and as part of a dynamic account of musical change. Chapters on musical space and musical time consider a range of music in terms of the parameters of pitch/timbre and tempo/rhythm/duration. Deleuzian philosophy, which rethinks the nature of signs, offers valuable insights for a new musical semiotics.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages194
ISBN (Print)9781441157027
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2013


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