Reverb is the inevitable conclusion Catalogue Essay

Conclusion. Reverberation is the Inevitable                                      

"The refrain is rhythm and melody that have been territorialised because they have become expressive – and have become expressive because they are territorialising. We are not going in circles. What we wish to say is that there is a self-movement of expressive qualities. Expressiveness is not reducible to the immediate effects of an impulse triggering an action in a milieu: effects of that kind are subjective impressions or emotions rather than expressions." - Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, A thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, page 349

  Resonation is a form of designation, the criterion delineating and determining perpetual motion. We share this in common: our stories seem the same. That’s why we tell stories and why we like hearing them – they offer us support, we feel like we’re not alone. Especially at a young age, we identify with signals: we even embody them, sometimes, and it all seems so simple. We feel like we are expressing ourselves through our familiarity with others. As we mature our performativity convolutes. Grand narrative security dissolves into vulnerability. We realise that fairy tales are unrealistic in real life – that’s what makes their promise so inviting and appealing. Communication henceforth results in complication: the disparity of discourse divulges how alone we really are. We withdraw to the stories that make us feel less lonely. We remember being kids, and believing every word. We think about the air, the light, and how they haven’t changed (although, they have changed, we start to realise, slowly). The distance of desistance determines the difference guiding dissonance. Fragility fragments and we see things as they really are: proportional. We’re expressive as derivatives, faint echoes of the source, yet we want to articulate the anomaly of our response. The only honest option is to shape the stories told. We can be singers too, as long as we learn to sing our own songs. Mathematically, it’s simple: pertain to the formula (t-1)*. Contraction is all about selection, extraction, not addition, nor intimacy; distance is crucial. Prepare for barriers, confusion, misapprehension. Avoid recession strategies that are imitative and decisive and difficult to interrogate once set in motion. Learn to appreciate lived time. We need to be aware of each moment in its entirety if we are to understand the nature of rhythm and reverberation.

Beau Deurwaarder

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