It is the contention of the editors and contributors of this volume that the work carried out by Gilles Deleuze, where rigorously applied, has the potential to cut through much of the intellectual sedimentation that has settled in the fields of music studies. Deleuze is a vigorous critic of the Western intellectual tradition, calling for a 'philosophy of difference', and, despite its ambitions, he is convinced that Western philosophy fails to truly grasp (or think) difference as such. It is argued that longstanding methods of conceptualizing music are vulnerable to Deleuze's critique. But, as Deleuze himself stresses, more important than merely critiquing established paradigms is developing ways to overcome them, and by using Deleuze's own concepts this collection aims to explore that possibility.
Contents: Introduction, Brian Hulse and Nick Nesbitt; The image of thought and ideas of music, Christopher Hasty; Thinking musical difference: music theory as minor science, Brian Hulse; A Deleuzian noise/excavating the body of abstract sound, Sean Higgins; The sound of repeating life: ethics and metaphysics in Deleuze's philosophy of music, Michael Gallope; Enforced deterritorialization, or the trouble with musical politics, Martin Scherzinger; Gilles Deleuze and the musical Spinoza, Amy Cimini; Intensity, music and heterogenesis in Deleuze, Jean-Godefroy Bidima; Critique and clinique: from sounding bodies to the musical event, Nick Nesbitt; Logic of edge: Wolfgang Rihm's Am Horizont, Judy Lochhead; Music and the difference in becoming, Marianne Kielan-Gilbert; Transformation and becoming the other in the music and poetics of Luciano Berio, Bruce Quaglia; Line, surface, speed: nomadic features of melody, Ildar Khannanov; Bibliography; Index.
About the Editor: Brian Hulse, College of William and Mary, USA and Nick Nesbitt, Princeton University, USA
Reviews: ''... a groundbreaking and exceptionally thought-provoking collection with potential for longstanding and pervasive influence across disciplines, institutions and specializations.' Notes
Brian Hulse has a profile page on the College of William and Mary website
Nick Nesbitt has a profile page on Princeton University website
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