The fold: musical monads and baroque assemblages

O'Dwyer, Timothy (2019) The fold: musical monads and baroque assemblages. In: Symbolism 2019: special focus: beyond mind. (Symbolism: an International Annual of Critical Aesthetics; No. 19). Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin, pp. 117-136. ISBN 978-3-11-063495-2

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Title: The fold: musical monads and baroque assemblages

The Fold is a collaborative composing project staged in Singapore (2013) and Cologne (2014) involving musicians from disparate stylistic and cultural back- grounds. The musicians come together to compose written scores that are subse- quently used for improvisation during performances. This essay frames the project as a musical manifestation of conceptual trajectories articulated in Gilles Deleuze’s The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque. The first section contemplates Leibniz’s psy- chic geometry and the monad as a musical score. Following this, a machinic analy- sis of the music created during the project sparked by Deleuze’s notion of the refrain is offered. In the last section, I return to The Fold and situate its composi- tional, improvisational and performative practices within Deleuze’s geophilosophi- cal and nomad thought.

Subjects: Music > M Music
Divisions: Centre for Research in the Arts
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2020 06:55
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2020 06:56
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