My presentation introduces how the fundamental concepts of Deleuze’s and Guattari’s philosophy – such as “difference ‘in’ itself”, interplay between “virtual and actual”, temporal “becoming”, and formation of “milieu and territorial structures” – can fruitfully be adapted into music analysis. This adaptation calls for a new kind of music analytic approach and forms the framework of Analytic-Generative Music Analysis (AGM), which I introduced in my doctoral thesis (2013). The structure of AGM focuses particularly on how musical structures are organized from the viewpoint of perceptual experience by paying attention particularly the temporal organization of the musical surface.
The key problem in many art studies, and also in the field of music analysis, has thus far been the lack of concreteness in relation to analytic findings. This means that analysis itself with its methodological tools has remained far too conceptual level, touching neither perceptual nor cognitive ground of the art work. In my presentation, I will show,
1) how the computer programmed analytic tools of AGM, in relation Deleuze’s and Guattari’s ontological concepts, provide more effective way to analyse the concrete, perceptual differentiation of the musical surface,
2) how this kind of analytic framework also produces simultaneous creative possibilities in the field of musical composition,
3) and how AGM-analysis – in which the analytic tools are temporally related essentially to non-local determinations – is via Deleuze’s and Guattari’s ontology also connected with issues related to modern physics, David Bohm’s implicate order theory and theories of mind and consciousness.
Timo Laiho, PhD (b. 1957), is a composer and music theorist/analyst. He is graduated from Sibelius Academy in composition and music theory (Helsinki, Finland), and from Musicology in the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki (Finland). He is presently working as senior lecture in Musicology, Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies, University of Helsinki (Finland). His main interests in addition to composition and music theory/analysis are post-structural philosophy, modern physics, David Bohm’s implicate order theory, semiotics, cognitive science and theories of mind and consciousness.