When I began reading Deleuze and Guattari’s “Introduction:Rhizome” I thought that they were slightly mad, simply writing incoherent gibberish. By the end of the article, I found that their piece resonated with me, and presented ideas I hope to incorporate into my own work. They, like Bennet, talk about the world as an assemblage, except they progress one step further, describing it as a rhizome: something without a beginning or an end, essentially “all middle.” I see the relationships between music and materials as representing a rhizome, something alluded to, but not elaborated throughout D and G’s article. Music creates instruments, which create further music, which create further instruments, which create more complex music, which creates spaces, that create new performances, that create new musicians who needs instruments to create music, in a never-ending, never beginning process of creation and recreation, that doubles back on itself infinitely. When attempting to understand or describe music, one cannot begin at the beginning, because one does not exist. One must start in the middle of this complex assemblage and work out words, following diverging path after diverging path.
The one serious problem I had with the “Rhizome” article involved their attempts at rhizomic writing, what I described as incoherent gibberish in the beginning. Writing is a linear medium, and thus I feel that any project to “re-write” writing will simply fail in the process of communication. But then I began to think further, and thought about how the internet functions as the ultimate rhizome: it has no beginning or end, but simply exists as this massive assemblage that creates new paths and links to old ones constantly.