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By Peter Szendy

Hits: Philosophy within the Jukebox is a unprecedented foray into what Apple has confident us is the soundtrack of our lives.How does song come to inhabit us, to own and hang-out us? What does it suggest piece of tune can insert itself-Szendy's time period for this, borrowed from German, is the earworm-into our ears and minds? during this booklet, Peter Szendy probes the ever-growing and ever extra international phenomenon of the hit tune. Hits is the fruits of years of singular attentiveness to the unheard, the unheard-of, and the overheard, in addition to of listening because it happens while one can pay something yet cognizance. Szendy takes us via our musical our bodies, when it comes to individuals and tools, enjoying and governing apparatuses, psychic and cinematic doublings, political and monetary musings. The hit track, Szendy concludes, features like a fable, a strength of repetition that grows through strength of repetition. within the repetition generated by means of the song's relation to itself, Szendy locates its creation as a fetishized commodity, a self-producing constitution, and a self-desiring desktop. Like a Deleuzian computer, then, the hit track is a expertise of the self, or greater, a expertise of rule, a bio-melo-technology. After examining this e-book, you can still now not keep away from understanding that tune is extra thana soundtrack: it's the of our lives. we're all melomaniacs, Szendy tells us in his distinctive kind of writing and of inspiration. we're melo-obsessive matters, now not a lot pushed to a frenzy via a song we infrequently have time to hear as ruled and governed through it.

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Yet among the other travelers, all possible witnesses declare that they never saw Mrs. Froy. Iris even finds herself being told by a strange doctor that Mrs. ’’ And yet, there are those letters that Mrs. Froy had written with her finger on the window of the dining car while she was taking tea with Iris: She had inscribed her name as a way of spelling it out to the young woman, and this digital 50 )) T H E F I L M O G R A P H Y O F H I T S ................. 18198$ $CH3 01-25-12 07:56:54 PS PAGE 50 writing stayed there on the windowpane, waiting for a second glance and for the right lighting in order to reemerge, only to disappear once again.

But in particular because at some of its best moments, film allows us to think about the logic of hits we are investigating. It shows it to us, literally, at work. And it does so by articulating the banal with the singular and the market with the psyche in a particularly powerful way. Films that deal with hits are nonetheless few and far between. It is really in a more indirect way that the cinema, in general, speaks of songs by using them as one among several of its means. This in no way stops the cinema—as we will see in certain scenes by Fritz Lang or Hitchcock—from thinking hits.

In another sequence of Same Old Song, Camille (Agne`s Jaoui) is telling her sister Odile about the love affair she’s 40 )) T H E F I L M O G R A P H Y O F H I T S ................. 18198$ $CH3 01-25-12 07:56:49 PS PAGE 40 having with Marc. Odile is very happy about it, but also concerned to know if Camille is nonetheless able to think about her dissertation. ’’ she asks her. ’’12 Yet between these two phrases, the scene changes even as the song goes on. It is no longer the same place and no longer the same time.

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