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Deep RefrainsMusic, Philosophy, and the Ineffable$
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Michael Gallope

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226483559

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226483726.001.0001

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Deleuze and Guattari’s Rhythm

Deleuze and Guattari’s Rhythm

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(p.204) Chapter 4 Deleuze and Guattari’s Rhythm
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Deep Refrains
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Michael Gallope

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226483726.003.0007

Chapter 4 focuses on the writings of Deleuze and Guattari. These thinkers show themselves to be as Bergsonian as Jankélévitch in conceiving of music as containing an intimate link with the flow of lived time. But they develop this idea in a new direction by proposing that music is not simply an inconsistent flux but, rather, is in line with Bachelard’s critique of Bergsonism, a punctuated flow that is coextensive with the cosmic powers of social and creaturely life. Moreover, due to their contention that “being is univocal” and that an artwork is a “sensation in itself,” they contend that music is part of the same pluralized substance as language. Crucially, they nod to the ineffable in practical terms when they state that it is “hard to say” what music does in relationship to language. But on a philosophical level, their ontological joining of music and language in something of a Mobius strip represents a remarkable shift that sets Bloch, Adorno, and Jankélévitch powerfully into relief. For Deleuze and Guattari, there is no mysterious depth or “unrepresentable” aspect to music’s sensuous power by comparison with language; music is merely a sonic extension of a cosmic rhythm of lived forces.

Keywords:   Deleuze, Gilles, Guattari, Félix, Bachelard, Gaston

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