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Voyagers in Sound: On the Smooth and the Striated in Musical Interpretation and Performance

Voyagers in Sound: On the Smooth and the Striated in Musical Interpretation and Performance

Caleb Faul, “Voyagers in Sound: On the Smooth and the Striated in Musical Interpretation and Performance,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 4 (2018): 1437–64, https://doi.org/10.17990/RPF/2018_74_4_1437.

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Voyagers in Sound: On the Smooth and the Striated in Musical Interpretation and Performance

Type Journal Article
Author Caleb Faul
Rights © 2018 Aletheia - Associação Científica e Cultural | © 2018 Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
Volume 74
Issue 4
Pages 1437-1464
Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
ISSN 0870-5283
Date 2018
DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_4_1437
Language English
Abstract Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari frequently discuss Western classical music, referencing such diverse traditions as medieval polyphony and 20th century modernism. In their work, however, they have an intense focus, common among philosophers, on composition, with very little consideration given to performance. Nevertheless, I find that their work resonates with questions of performance in important ways. In this paper, I bring Deleuze and Guattari’s work to bear on the practices and processes of musical interpretation and performance, transposing into this musical domain the concepts of the smooth and the striated that they explicate in A Thousand Plateaus. The basic claim is that there exist smooth and striated methods of interpreting and performing music and that these concepts allow us to articulate afresh important differences in performance practice. Ultimately, I claim that the smooth is perhaps the privileged term, but that a good performance necessarily includes both smooth and striated elements.
Date Added 23/01/2019, 18:45:37
Modified 24/01/2019, 11:25:14

Tags:

  • aesthetics,
  • Deleuze,
  • performance,
  • philosophy of music

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