Repetition and Matsumoto (One More Time)

So yesterday I picked up a philosophy book for the first time in a long, long while and was struck by one passage.


Last year I wrote this about Matsumoto’s repetitiveness:

“I think it’s probably wrong to think of repetition as a tool of Matsumoto’s, and then try to understand its purpose or role.  The man has a very precise set of ideas or myths in his head, and his creative mind pushes him to keep recasting them.  Repetition is then a byproduct of the main process of creation.  Repetition in the Leijiverse is not a creative cause but an effect (of Matsumoto’s psychology).” [from this post here].

Well, the book I’m reading is Gilles Deleuze’s Proust and Signs.  In this splendid little volume Deleuze talks about artists and repetition.  He writes:

“Difference and repetition are only apparently in opposition.  There is no great artist who does not make us say: ‘The same and yet different’.  This is because difference, as the quality of a world, is affirmed only through a kind of autorepetition that traverses the various media and reunites different objects […]  About the work of a great artist, we say: it’s the same thing, on a different level.  But we also say: it’s different, but to the same degree […]  An artist does not “age” because he repeats himself, for repetition is the power of difference, no less than difference the power of repetition.” [page 49, translation by R. Howard]

My sense is that the words have immediate application to Matsumoto’s career and indeed, even address Matsumoto’s critics!

What I was trying to say and what (I think) Deluze is saying are not at all the same thing.  I tried to make repetition into an effect, and not a major one but simply a side effect.  Deleuze argues repetition is essential to a (great) artist’s oeuvre, just as much as difference is.  I think he was specifically thinking of Richard Wagner, who in his turn was quoted by Proust, who is the subject of Deleuze’s book.

I find these ideas very stimulating in relation to the Leijiverse.  And can’t we link them to Daft Punk’s One More Time track, which begins AND ends Interstella 5555?  I think so.  I’d even extend the connection to House music as such.  Let’s think of these things while we listen to this:

~ by Haloed Bane on October 4, 2010.

4 Responses to “Repetition and Matsumoto (One More Time)”

  1. Repetition and variation is another way of remembering love, both within an artist’s own corpus, a franchise involving multiple creators, or a tradition of genre.

  2. Repetition is fine as long as it’s not monotony.

    • Yes, monotony is one tone. Repetition in ever-changing tonalities is what’s needed. That’s why I linked to the song “Together” above.

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