Actually, it’s a long essay on Ernst Bloch’s philosophy of music. Rarely read and even more rarely understood, the article has become expositorily critical. It is an effort to unpick in some detail this summary statement I came up with – while crossing the Pacific – after the third read and detailed notes:

Bloch’s philosophy of music is a thorough retelling of the belated story of music by emphasising its very human nature, recounting that story in terms of the basic category of the note and its hangers-on (hearing, voice, dance, song and rhythm); Bloch listens with a philosophical and theo-utopian ear that is able, more often than not, to hear around corners.

Now, why on earth would I want the write on Bloch’s philosophy of music? Apart from a love of Bloch, it forms the basis for a chapter on Nick Cave and the philosophy of music in my book on … Nick Cave.

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