Deleuze and music: a creative approach to the study of music

Carfoot, Gavin Steven (2005). Deleuze and music: a creative approach to the study of music Master's Thesis, School of Music, The University of Queensland.

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Author Carfoot, Gavin Steven
Thesis Title Deleuze and music: a creative approach to the study of music
School, Centre or Institute School of Music
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2005
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Open Access Status Other
Supervisor Simon Perry
Total pages 110
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subjects L
410101 Music
750201 The performing arts (incl. music, theatre and dance)
Formatted abstract
The work of Gilles Deleuze has influenced an increasing number of music scholars and practicing musicians, particularly those interested in experimental, electronic and popular music. This is despite the notoriously complex nature of his writings, and the specialised theoretical vocabulary that he employs. This thesis both demystifies some of the key terms and concepts of this vocabulary, before demonstrating how Deleuze's ideas may be put to work in new and fruitful ways; this is achieved with specific reference to the relationships that music has with thought, time and machines. In Chapter 1, Deleuze's understanding of the power of thought is examined, in particular his approach to communication, transcendence and immanence, and the "powers of thought." Each of these concepts helps us to understand Deleuze's work within broad problem of how to think about music immanently: that is, how to maintain that thought and music are both immanent aspects of life and experience. Chapter 2 examines time within a Deleuzian framework, linking his work on cinema with the concept of the "refrain"; both of these areas prove crucial to his understanding of music, as seen in Deleuze's approach to the work of Yarese, Messiaen, and Boulez. In addition, Deleuze's understanding of time proves fruitful in examining various aspects of music production, as seen in contemporary electronic dance music. Finally, Chapter 3 looks at the concept of the machine, as developed by Deleuze and Guattari, with reference to the sorts of "machinic" connections that a Deleuzian approach encourages us to seek out in music. Once again, examples from contemporary electronic music are presented, in relation to the notions of becoming and subjectivity. Throughout these chapters, Deleuze's broad understanding of philosophy as the "creation of concepts" is deployed. This means introducing new ideas and specific types of music that encourage creative and novel engagements with the study of music.
Keyword Deleuze, Gilles, 1925-1995.
Music -- Instruction and study.

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