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Ambient MediaJapanese Atmospheres of Self$
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Paul Roquet

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692446

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692446.001.0001

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Low-Affect Living with Ambient Cinema

(p.125) 5 Subtractivism
Ambient Media

Paul Roquet

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter Five examines the “subtractivist” response to sensory overload in contemporary Japan, and what it means for interpersonal life. Roquet’s focus is Tony Takitani, an ambient film based on a Murakami Haruki story. Roquet focuses on how the film uses music and fashion to cover over melancholy memories and replace them with a low-affect lifestyle.

Keywords:   Subtractivism, Sensory overload, Tony Takitani, Murakami Haruki, Low-affect, Contemporary Japan, Japanese film, Ambient film

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