Drew Hemmet’s Deleuzian reading of the ‘break’

“Put most simply, the break is a dynamic, driving section within a song, a rhythmic segment – such as a drum solo – that captures the particular motion of the music. Here the museme may be seen as a directional vector, a block of spacetime that contains its own coordinates within itself whilst simultaneously opening a window onto the whole. It is a key segment of the genetic code which contains within itself a diagram of the motility of the track and from which the rest of the audio motion may be deduced. … It is a ‘heterogenous block of space-time’ (Deleuze and Guattari: 1987), a window onto another world and another temporality that does not lose its difference in being repeated, but rather amplifies it within a rhythmic assemblage.”

from Affect and Individuation in Popular Electronic Music by Drew Hemment,
in Deleuze and Music, ed. Ian buchanan and Marcel Swiboda


One thought on “Drew Hemmet’s Deleuzian reading of the ‘break’”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s