Judith Donath, Pew Internet Digital Life in 2025
In various traditions, the feminine gender is characterized by the ear and the masculine by the eye. So Echo is the name of a female deity and Narcissus of a male deity. Orpheus brings Eurydice back from the underworld to the sounds of his lyre but, looking behind at her, he breaks the enchantment which snatched her from the lower world. In the ancient religious rituals, which worship feminine deities more, music prevails over words—it is rhythm and melody which direct energy to the point of creating an individual and a collective exaltation leading to ecstasy. The Goddess becomes present to her faithful through a heady enthusiasm, which is awakened and kept alive by musical instruments, by songs and dances. God would be revealed to us only in the beyond, bringing bliss to us then, while the Goddess grants us her favors here below, calling us beyond our usual way of being or acting. And it is not a rational discourse which invites us to believe in her. Rather, implemented and combined cosmic phenomena, and sensory human productions, create her presence here and now.
—Luce Irigaray (via goneril-and-regan)
My friend Jon and me played 4 hours of music on Swedish music radio last Saturday. The set is now up on Soundcloud (apart form like the first minute, some technical difficulties).
You refuse to admit that the unconscious ± your concept of the unconscious ± did not spring fully armed from Freud’s head, that it was not produced ex nihilo at the end of the nineteenth century, emerging suddenly to reimpose its truth on the whole of history ± world history at that ± past, present and future. The unconscious is revealed as such, heard as such, spoken as such and interpreted as such within a tradition. It has a place within, by and through culture.
—Luce Irigaray 1991: 80