Monday, April 30, 2012

Jacques Derrida says Viola

Here is a link to a post about philosopher Jacques Derrida and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto from the WFMU blog. If you go to the post you'll see its title:
Ryuichi Sakamoto and "Derrida," a Decade Later
"Derrida" in quotes refers to a movie which Sakamoto scored.  But if you inspect the link, you'll discover that the post has quite a different title:

http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2012/04/derrida-is-the-indisputable-master-of-thoughtful-put-downs-and-of-course-deconstructing-our-most-basic-assumptions-thoug.html

Hidden meanings abound.  We should expect nothing less from an article about Derrida who, afterall, gave us the term "deconstruction" - whatever that is.

I wasn't thrilled with Sakamoto's music in the post.  So I watched a couple of film clips of Derrida himself in hopes that the article would not be a complete waste of time.  He spoke mostly in French.  There were subtitles.  One particular subtitle became the inspiration for this post on Mixed Meters.

At the end of the clip entitled Jacques Derrida on American Attitude he concludes his pointless response with the classic French form of Q.E.D. "voilà".

But if the subtitle is to be believed (at 3'22"), I must have misheard.


It must mean something deep.  I suggest that you not think about it too hard. Unless you're a violist. Or a voilaist.

Here's a short video of a viola deconstruction.




Here at MM we realize that there are always at least two ways of looking at anything.  So I am proud to announce that this is Mixed Meters' six hundredth post, or maybe, if you'd rather believe Google, the host of Blogger, this is actually number 601.  Either way a highly insignificant milestone has finally been passed.  Thanks for reading - whoever you are.

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1 comment:

Elaine Fine said...

Total lol on the Derrida!