Gilles Deleuze, thought-music

Moderated by Pascale Criton and Jean-Marc Chouvel
Cover: Simon Hantaï
Blanc, 1974 (detail)
Acrylic paint on canvas
© Archives Simon Hantaï

Music holds a significant position in the thought of Gilles Deleuze, ranging from contemporary music to baroque, classical and romantic music, and more generally to the totality of sound signals. Put to use for expressive, technical, historical purposes, no less than anthropological and political, music is integral to the great concepts of Deleuze and Guattari – ritournelle (refrain), rhizome, agencements (assemblages), machines – to mention but a few, henceforth translated into many languages.
It is time for a review of the relationship between music and the thought of Gilles Deleuze – a domain that has not yet been the objet of in-depth study in France. This first collective work in French brings together the work of musicologists, ethnomusicologists, composers, philosophers and art theoreticians and bases itself on the substance of his thought in the domain of music.
How did Deleuze find inspiration from and learn from the musical practice of his day in order to create his concepts, and in return, to what extent have his texts had a bearing on creation, musicology, æsthetics, ethnomusicology, musical techniques and technologies? The aim of this book is to assess the impact of these tools of thought on research and contemporary musical creation with regard to both dealing with oral cultures and the needs of analysis or style.

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Publication Cdmc, Paris, 2015 - 295 p.

Price: 29 €
Published in February 2015
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Pascale Criton

I - Contexts

Laurent Feneyrou  
Series in series. Jean Barraqué in terms of Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault (with Pierre Boulez not far off)

Carmen Pardo Salgado
Resonances: music - philosophy
Daniel Charles in dialogue with Gilles Deleuze

Maël Guesdon
Even the constants are for variation.
On three uses of melody in Capitalisme et schizophrénie.

II - Lines

Pascale Criton
Sound heterogenesis

Jean-Marc Chouvel
The constitution of musical time and substratum in analytical concepts

François Decarsin  
Differential calculus, between philosophy and music

Antoine Bonnet
Cinema, music. A musician’s reading of Deleuze

Anne Sauvagnargues
“Occupy without reckoning”

III - Interviews

Clovis Labarrière
Intuition-Sign. Deleuze’s thought in contemporary music

Pascale Criton
Interview with Clovis Labarrière

François Bayle
Interview with Clovis Labarrière

Frank Bedrossian
Interview with Clovis Labarrière

Georges Aperghis
Organising chaos
Interview with Flore Garcin-Marrou

IV - Analyses

Sylvio Ferraz  
The formula of the ritournelle

Makis Solomos  
From the ritournelle-Cosmos to the power of sound – Five approaches for listening to Mille plateaux

Jean-Paul Olive
The style of Alban Berg face to face with the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze

Béatrice Ramaut-Chevassus
Harnessing power: the example of American repetitive procedures

Bruno Heuzé
Gilles Deleuze and Steve Reich, territories in variation

Nick Nesbitt  
Critique and Clinique. From Sounding Bodies to the Musical Event

Carole Gubernikoff
Gilles Deleuze / Tristan Murail
L’Esprit des dunes, a musician’s reading

V - Terrains

Elie During & Jean During
From smooth space to pierced time: about nomadic music

Jérôme Cler
Land of dancers, of limping rhythms. An ethnomusicological reader of Deleuze

Frédéric Voisin
Wild synthesisers

VI - Readings

Bastien Gallet
Sound v. refrain: the power of music in Mille plateaux

Aliocha Wald Lasowski
Rhythm and music in Deleuze
Brent Waterhouse  
References to music and sound in the work of Deleuze