CFP, Filigrane – Deleuze and Music

Filigrane n°13 : Deleuze and Music

Call deadline: July 2010

“What does music deal with, what is the content indissociable from sound expression ? It is hard to say, but it is something : a child dies, a child plays, a woman is born, a woman dies, a bird arrives, a bird flies off. We wish to say that these are not accidental themes in music (even if it is possible to multiply examples) much less imitative exercises  they are something essential. Why a child, a woman, a bird ? It is because musical expression is inseparable from a becoming-woman, a becoming-child, a becoming-animal that constitute its content. Why does the child die, or the bird fall as thought pierced by an arrow ? Because of the “danger” inherent in any line that escapes, in any line of flight or creative deterritorialization : the danger of veering toward destruction, toward abolition. Mélisande [in Debussy’s opera, Pelléas et Mélisande—Trans.], a child-woman, a secret, dies twice (“it’s the poor little dear’s turn now’). Music in never tragic, music is joy. But there are times it necessarily gives us a taste for death  not so much happiness as dying happily, being extinguished. Not as a function of a death instinct it allegedly awakens in us  but of a dimension proper to its sound assemblage, to its sound machine, the moment that must be confronted, the moment the transversal turns into a line of abolition. Peace and exasperation. Music has a thirst for destruction, every kind of destruction, extinction, breakage, dislocation. Is that not its potential ‘fascism’ ? Whenever a musician writes In Memoriam, it is not so much a question of an inspirational motif or a memory, but on the contrary of a becoming that is only confronting its own danger, even taking a fall in order to rise again : a becoming-child, a becoming-woman, a becoming-animal, insofar as they are the content of music itself and continue to the point of death’.”

(Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, Thousand Plateaus)
To inaugurate its new format, the review Filigrane. Musique, esthétique, sciences, société is launching a call for papers about Deleuze, the philosopher who has influenced so many musicians and musicologists over the last thirty years.
The review is open to all kind of proposals, but will give priority to the most original ones.

The proposals (in English or in French) should be sent before July 2010 to Makis. Solomos (at) They should include : a) the (provisional) article or a detailed abstract (between 1000 and 1600 words) ; b) a biography. The proposals will be evaluated by the members of the editorial board and by a review panel, which will be created especially for this issue. Accepted articles will have to be submitted before December 15th 2010.