• Phil Powrie


This chapter shows how a song can fuse different layers of time in a moment of time out of time and affective excess, and in so doing becomes a crystal-song, echoing Gilles Deleuze’s notion of the crystal-image. This is linked to Roland Barthes’s notion of the “grain of the voice” and “punctum,” and contrasted with Amy Herzog’s “musical moments.” The chapter explores in detail mainly non-diegetic crystal-songs in two broad areas: the film in which a song is foregrounded by repetition or by mention in the dialogue; the film in which composers or singers are foregrounded by being both part of the music track and the dialogue, leading to sustained attention on one or more of the songs associated with them.


Crystal-song Gilles Deleuze Crystal-image Roland Barthes “Grain of the voice” “Punctum” Amy Herzog 


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  • Phil Powrie
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  1. 1.University of SurreyGuildfordUnited Kingdom

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