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Carol Vernallis, Holly Rogers and Lisa Perrott are happy to announce the
fifth book in our Bloomsbury series, *New Approaches to Sound, Music and
Media*
<https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/series/new-approaches-to-sound-music-and-media/>
. (
https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/series/new-approaches-to-sound-music-and-media/
)—Steve Shaviro’s *The Rhythm Image: Music Videos and New Audiovisual Forms
<https://www.amazon.com/Rhythm-Image-Videos-Audiovisual-Approaches/dp/1501388568/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1RWYC7594MTMT&keywords=shaviro+the+rhythm+image&qid=1672377242&sprefix=shaviro+the+rhythm+image%2Caps%2C120&sr=8-1>*
  The book’s description: Music videos play a critical role in our age of
ubiquitous streaming digital media. They project the personas and visions
of musical artists; they stand at the cutting edge of developments in
popular culture; and they fuse and revise multiple frames of reference,
from dance to high fashion to cult movies and television shows to Internet
memes. Above all, music videos are laboratories for experimenting with new
forms of audiovisual expression.

* The Rhythm Image *explores all these dimensions. The book analyzes, in
depth, recent music videos for artists ranging from pop superstar The
Weeknd to independent women artists like FKA twigs and Dawn Richard. The
music videos discussed in this book all treat the traditional themes of
popular music: sex and romance, money and fame, and the lived experiences
of race and gender. But they twist these themes in strange and unexpected
ways, in order to reflect our entanglement with a digital world of social
media, data gathering, and 24/7 demands upon our attention.   Table of
Contents *List of Figures*
*Preface*
1. The Rhythm Image
2. Post-Cinematic Articulations of Sound and Vision (Massive Attack)
3. Cyborg Avatars (Dawn Richard)
4. Pulses of Distraction (Tierra Whack)
5. Living With Time-Space Compression (Bonobo)
6. The Passion According to FKA twigs
7. Vanishing Voices (Moses Sumney)
8. Metamorphoses of a Severed Head (The Weeknd)
9. Submerged (Tkay Maidza)
*Afterword*
*Books and Articles Cited*
*Music and Videos Cited*
*Index*

*Reviews*

“A quarter-century back, MTV's *Amp* showcased electronica videos, eerie
creatures of beats-driven posthumanism. The show ended, but the videos
multiplied, digital tinkering to visualize hip-hop, R&B, and new divas
alongside EDM for stop-start viewing on YouTube. Steven Shaviro philosopher
of speculative fiction, at last names this core category: the rhythm image.
Gazing and auditing, applying theory as needed, he makes that tweak in the
assemblage on your screen a frontier. The filmic nugget pulsates, in his
cuts from micro to macro analysis, becoming a fundamental cultural
reshaping-the visual groove as 21st century homeland.” ―*Eric Weisbard,
author of Songbooks: The Literature of American Popular Music*

“When is a book on music video not “just” a book on music video? When it
deftly weaves descriptions of digital art-making with the ideas of Henri
Bergson, Immanuel Kant, Marshall McLuhan, and Vivian Sobchack to expand on
Gilles Deluge's film-philosophy and articulate a new regime of the image:
the rhythm image. Through luxuriant close readings and invigorating
exposition, Shaviro shows how contemporary music videos immerse viewers in
the new temporal and affective relationship that organize digital media
culture. A delight to read and to contemplate!” ―*Caetlin Benson-Allott,
Professor of English and Film & Media Studies, Georgetown University, USA*

“In recent years, the once denigrated and impure object of the music video
has received more serious attention and nowhere more so than in Steven
Shaviro's ground-breaking work, *The Rhythm Image. *Combining close
engagement with the audiovisual expressive properties of specific digital
music videos with broader sociological and philosophical concerns, this
book argues for the emergence of a new diagram of audiovisual expression
based neither in movement nor pure temporality but in rhythm. While, on the
one hand this book engages with Deleuze's cinema books and through them a
range of philosophical references from Kant to Whitehead, read in
conjunction with contemporary accounts of post-cinema and digital media, at
its core is an intense engagement with the contemporary music videos for
artists including Massive Attack, FKA Twigs, Tierra Whack and Tkay Maidza
that it engages with in loving detail. Ultimately it suggests that these
music videos allow for the grasping of contemporary social transformations
affecting race, gender, sexuality and mediated desires intensively via
moments of audiovisual bliss.” ―*Michael N. Goddard, Reader in Film and
Screen Media, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK*



*About the Author*

*Steve Shaviro* is Professor of English at Wayne State University, USA. He
is the author of eleven books including *Cinematic Body *(1993), P
*ost-Cinematic Affect *(2010), and *Digital Music Videos *(2017).



*And about Our Series*

We hope scholars interested in audiovisual relations will consider
submitting a proposal to the NASMM editors (email below). We hope readers
will be interested in our forthcoming books as well as recently published
ones. We especially recommend—



* Cybermedia: Explorations in Science, Sound, and Vision
<https://www.amazon.com/Cybermedia-Explorations-Science-Vision-Approaches-dp-1501357034/dp/1501357034/ref=mt_other?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1639976830>*
(edited
by Carol Vernallis, Holly Rogers, Selmin Kara, and Jonathan Leal) traces
how contemporary media engage with new technologies like robotics,
psychometrics, big data, and AI. It pairs humanists’ close readings of
contemporary media (like *Westworld *and* Black Mirror*) with scientists’
discussions of the science and math that inform them. *Cybermedia* bridges
one of the gaps between science and the humanities.







*Transmedia Directors: Artistry, Industry and New Audiovisual Aesthetics*
<https://www.amazon.com/Transmedia-Directors-Audiovisual-Aesthetics-Approaches-ebook-dp-B081PXBKQC/dp/B081PXBKQC/ref=mt_other?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1618265106>,
edited by Carol, Holly and Lisa, focuses on artist-practitioners who work
across media, platforms and disciplines, including film, television, music
video, commercials and the internet. Working in the age of media
convergence, today's impresarios project a distinctive style that points
toward a new contemporary aesthetics. The media they engage with enrich
their practices – through film and television (with its potential for
world-building and sense of the past and future), music video (with its
audiovisual aesthetics and rhythm), commercials (with their ability to
project a message quickly) and the internet (with its refreshed concepts of
audience and participation), to larger forms like restaurants and amusement
parks (with their materiality alongside today's digital aesthetics). These
directors encourage us to reassess concepts of authorship, assemblage,
transmedia, audiovisual aesthetics and world-building.



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