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Music as Atmosphere

Collective Feelings and Affective Sounds, 1st Edition

Edited by Friedlind Riedel, Juha Torvinen


360 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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Music as Atmosphere – Collective Feelings and Affective Sounds is the first collection of essays on music, sound, and atmosphere. The volume assembles an impressively cross-disciplinary panoply of scholars from music studies, sound studies, philosophy, and media studies, all of whom investigate music and sound as shared environmental feelings, that is, as atmospheres. The contributors explore atmosphereological approaches to musical traditions and practices, aural histories and memory, music’s relationship to the body, social collectives, and nature. They probe conceptual issues at the forefront of contemporary discussions of atmosphere and affect but then also extend the spatial and relational focus towards fundamentally temporal questions of performance, process, timbre, resonance, and personhood. In doing so they touch on the capacity of atmospheric relations to imbue a situation with an ambient feeling and to modulate social collectives but also underscore auditory experience as an acoustemology for atmosphere. In addition to original research, the volume features a first translation of an important text by German phenomenologist Hermann Schmitz, and a debate on affect and atmosphere between the philosophers Jan Slaby and Brian Massumi.

This wide-ranging collection provides a strong theoretical framework and vibrant case-studies. It also proposes some intriguing new approaches. It constitutes a rich resource for scholars and students of music, sound, aesthetics, media, anthropology, and contemporary philosophy

Table of Contents

Preface Friedlind Riedel & Juha Torvinen 1. Genealogies of atmosphere and the musical model for mood. An introduction Friedlind Riedel Part I Attunement: Stimmung, empathy and atmosphere in music 2. "Being Empathically Attuned". Phenomenological and music historical perspectives T. Breyer & M. L. Herzfeld-Schild 3. Nietzsche's early fragment Ueber Stimmungen (On Moods) Manos Perrakis 4.Moral sentiment in musical atmospheres Andrew McGraw 5. Feeling in music. [A translation of ’Das Gefühl in der Musik’ in Die Wahrnehmung. Studienausgabe. System der Philosophie, 3.5. Bonn: Bouvier, 253-260, 2005 (1978). Translated and with an introduction by the editors.] Schmitz, Hermann Part II Process: developments of felt presence in musical genres 6.Elective affinities: atmospheres in New Phenomenology and film music studies Renata Scognamiglio 7. Affective (re)subjectification in popular song Dafni Tragaki 8. The atmosphere of mystery in Kaija Saariaho’s orchestral works Susanna Välimäki Part III Duration: auditory temporalities in past, present and future 9.Atmosphere, nature-mysticism and cross-generational knowledge in music: Analysis of Kalevi Aho's Sieidi and Outi Tarkiainen's Saivo Juha Torvinen 10. Transformations in mediations of lived sonic experience: A sensobiographic approach H. Järviluoma, M. Tiainen, I. Aula 11. Musical immersion and atmospheric sound spaces in eighteenth-century sacred music Anne Holzmüller PartIV Dynamism: materiality and movement in music and sound 12.The substance of the situation. An anthropology of sensibility Holger Schulze 13. The listening body. The (Im-)materiality of knowing through music Birgit Abels 14.Afterword [An edited transcript of their podium discussion at Bauhaus University Weimar on 4th of May 2017.] Brian Massumi & Jan Slaby

About the Editors

Friedlind Riedel is doctoral researcher at the Kompetenzzentrum Medienanthropologie at Bauhaus University Weimar. Her interest lies with music and performing arts in Myanmar, cultural histories of listening, and philosophy of music.

Juha Torvinen is Senior Lecturer at the Musicology department of the University of Helsinki. He holds the title of Docent of musicology in Universities of Helsinki and Turku. Torvinen’s research interests include philosophy of music, ecomusicology, and contemporary Finnish popular and art music.

About the Series

Ambiances, Atmospheres and Sensory Experiences of Spaces

Ambiances, Atmospheres and Sensory Experiences of Spaces

Research on ambiances and atmospheres has grown significantly in recent years in a range of disciplines, including Francophone architecture and urban studies, German research related to philosophy and aesthetics, and a growing range of Anglophone research on affective atmospheres within human geography and sociology.

This series offers a forum for research that engages with questions around ambiances and atmospheres in exploring their significances in understanding social life. Each book in the series advances some combination of theoretical understandings, practical knowledges and methodological approaches. More specifically, a range of key questions which contributions to the series seek to address includes:

  • In what ways do ambiances and atmospheres play a part in the unfolding of social life in a variety of settings?

  • What kinds of ethical, aesthetic, and political possibilities might be opened up and cultivated through a focus on atmospheres/ambiances?

  • How do actors such as planners, architects, managers, commercial interests and public authorities actively engage with ambiances and atmospheres or seek to shape them? How might these ambiances and atmospheres be reshaped towards critical ends?

  • What original forms of representations can be found today to (re)present the sensory, the atmospheric, the experiential?  What sort of writing, modes of expression, or vocabulary is required? What research methodologies and practices might we employ in engaging with ambiances and atmospheres?

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SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography