A Journey of Refrains, Vibes, and Ambience: Félix Guattari and Japan in Terms of Minimal Techno and Techno-Pop

In his numerous texts, Guattari confirmed the potential of rock, pop, and hip hop in their transversal, mobility, and actuality, although his taste was to dislike these music genres. As is well known, the refrain was a crucial notion in the thought of Deleuze and Guattari. This DJ-set presents the possible interpretation and appropriation of refrains in performances and vibes in techno and ambient music. In addition, to commemorate Guattari’s interest in Japan and his friendship with Kobo Abe (Japanese novelist) in the 1980s, here contemporary minimal-techno is mixed and mushed up with some Japanese techno-pop and rock music. This set then echoes Deleuze and Guattari’s quotation: “Philosophy is no longer synthetic judgement; it is like a thought synthesizer functioning to make thought travel, make it mobile, make it a force of the Cosmos (in the same way as one makes sound travel)” (Deleuze and Guattari 1987, 343).

References

Deleuze, Gilles, and Félix Guattari. 1987. A Thousand Plateaus. Translated by Brian Massumi. Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press.