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An Eye for MusicPopular Music and the Audiovisual Surreal$
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John Richardson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195367362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367362.001.0001

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Concluding Thoughts: Of Liquid Days and Going Gaga

Concluding Thoughts: Of Liquid Days and Going Gaga

(p.282) 8 Concluding Thoughts: Of Liquid Days and Going Gaga
An Eye for Music

John Richardson

Oxford University Press

The conclusion is divided into four sections: flows, interruptions, technologies and ghosts. Each section addresses issues central to the neosurrealist sensibility as charted in the preceding chapters. Audiovisual flow describes the distinctive impression of emergence that results from an emphasis on sensory qualities combined with unfolding processes of repetition and transformation. Interruption refers to the deconstructive or self-revelatory impulse within neosurrealism. Technologies addresses how digital forms make reference to their technological means of production as well as broadly invoking the “posthuman”; the section on ghosts addresses the dominant affective tone of recent audiovisual forms, which seem to be concerned as much with what has been left behind as what is new or progressive. Rather than melting into air as Marx and Engels contended, the subtitle of the chapter implies that what is solid in contemporary experience might more oppositely be said to dissolve into water.

Keywords:   Flows, interruptions, technologies, ghosts, neosurrealism, deconstruction, posthuman

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