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Stop Making Sense
Author: Dr. Scott Wilson

ISBN: 9781782201984
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 15 April 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 14.7 x 2.3
Description:
Stop Making Sense offers an original and compelling theory of music "from the perspective of the real" as this term is understood according to the Lacanian orientation in psychoanalysis. Located in a mediating position between the subject and the real, music is here regarded as a form of social bond analogous to but quite distinct from the language of speech, operating "outside sense". Music, like mathematics, is often regarded as a "language" of the real in two senses: as a particulate system of essentially meaningless notes and tones that nevertheless provide regularities offering structure and orientation; and as the "language of love", a means of mediating jouissance or the agonies and ecstasies that result from the "real" of sexual difference.

The first part of the book explains its theoretical and methodological underpinnings that are based in a reading of subjects and symptoms such as amusia. The second and third parts focus on contemporary examples that look at how music has become both a powerful locus of discontent and also a form of orientation in an age o...

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