The Disco Metaphysics project has been around for a few months now, so I thought I’d dedicate one post on here to every mix I’ve made so far (except the latest, which has its own post). So here they are!
If you’re asking: what is this stuff? Disco Metaphysics is my dj mix series dedicated to all the contemporary offsprings of disco and funk, as well as the great philosophers.
Disco Metaphysics #6: Leibniz
A philosophical music project isn’t complete without mention to Gottfried Leibniz, the man who reportedly created a chair in which he could work and poo simultaneously, has his own cookie brand (true story!) and also had some interesting things to say about music. So today it’s time for some disco, deep house and funk to honor this remarkable German philosopher.
“Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.”
Disco Metaphysics #5: Descartes
The fifth edition is here! This time featuring Descartes, the first great modern philosopher, who argued that nothing is certain, except that one is swinging (if, of course, one is indeed swinging).
“I swing, therefore I am.”
Disco Metaphysics #4: Nietzche
The fourth Disco Metaphysics visits 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who reportedly went mad near the end of his life because his groove was too tight. He is most famous for saying that although god may be dead (and we have killed him), disco is most definitely alive.
“Without music, life would me a mistake.”
Disco Metaphysics #3: Locke
The third edition of Disco Metaphysics is dedicated to one of the great social contract thinkers, who famously cleared the dancefloor for the US constitution dafters, uh, drafters. Most influential has been his idea that property is created through labor. Consequently, a groove that comes into existence is always one’s own groove. What he did not anticipate, though, is that a man cannot sell a groove to another for money. The groove must catch on through individual labor.
“All groove is the product of labor.”
(Actually, that quote may be misattributed, but it is nonetheless relevant)
Disco Metaphysics #2: Sartre
Disco metaphysics #2 features the philosopher that is mainly responsible for the idea that dancing is something you must choose to do. One has to define one’s identity as a dancer oneself, and cannot blame others for denying this responsibility, or he reduces himself to an object. (Objects cannot groove)
“All right, dance away, dance away. Garcin, I wish you could see her, you’d die of laughing.”
Disco Metaphysics #1: Plato
Disco Metaphysics #1 features the philosopher to whom the whole of Western philosophy is a footnote. Rumour has it the man also enjoyed attempts to the Idea groove.
“Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.”