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Musical Listening in the Age of Technological Reproduction

Edited By

Gianmario Borio

ISBN 9781472442161
Published February 4, 2016 by Routledge
430 Pages

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Book Description

It is undeniable that technology has made a tangible impact on the nature of musical listening. The new media have changed our relationship with music in a myriad of ways, not least because the experience of listening can now be prolonged at will and repeated at any time and in any space. Moreover, among the more striking social phenomena ushered in by the technological revolution, one cannot fail to mention music’s current status as a commodity and popular music’s unprecedented global reach. In response to these new social and perceptual conditions, the act of listening has diversified into a wide range of patterns of behaviour which seem to resist any attempt at unification. Concentrated listening, the form of musical reception fostered by Western art music, now appears to be but one of the many ways in which audiences respond to organized sound. Cinema, for example, has developed specific ways of combining images and sounds; and, more recently, digital technology has redefined the standard forms of mass communication. Information is aestheticized, and music in turn is incorporated into pre-existing symbolic fields. This volume - the first in the series Musical Cultures of the Twentieth Century - offers a wide-ranging exploration of the relations between sound, technology and listening practices, considered from the complementary perspectives of art music and popular music, music theatre and multimedia, composition and performance, ethnographic and anthropological research.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Facets of a Theoretical Question  1.Aesthetic Experience Under the Aegis of Technology.  2. Ideological, Social and Perceptual Factors in Live and Recorded Music.  3. On the Evolution of Private Record Collections: A Short Story.  4. Music and Technical Reproducibility: A Paradigm Shift.  5. Algorithmic and Nostalgic Listening: Post-subjective Implications of Computational and Empirical Research.  6. Listening to Histories of Listening: Collaborative Experiments in Acoustemology with Nii Otoo Annan.  Part 2 Remediations  7. Remediation or Opera on Screen? Some Misunderstandings Regarding Recent Research.  8. Between Mediatization and Live Performance: The Music for Giorgio Strehler’s The Tempest (1978).  9. The ‘Remediated’ Rite of Spring.  Part 3 Listening with Images  10. Listening to Images: A Historical Overview of Theoretical Reflection.  11. Seeing Sounds, Hearing Images: Listening Outside the Modernist Box.  12. The Transformation of Musical Listening: The Case of Electroacoustic Music.  Part 4 Recordings and the New Aura  13. Neo-auratic Encoding: Phenomenological Framework and Operational Patterns.  14. ‘If a Song Could Get Me You’: Analysis and the (Pop) Listener’s Perspective.  15. The Persistence of Analogue.  Part 5 Composing and Performing with Electronic Means  16. Semiconducting: Making Music after the Transistor.  17. ‘Live is Dead?’: Some Remarks about Live Electronics Practice and Listening.  18. Sonic Imprints: Instrumental Resynthesis in Contemporary Composition.  Part 6 Audiovisual Documentation in Ethnomusicological Research  19. New Trends in the Use of Audiovisual (and Audio) Technology in Contemporary Et

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Gianmario Borio is Professor of Musicology at the University of Pavia and Director of the Institute of Music at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice.


'Bringing together a distinguished international roster of scholars, Musical Listening in the Age of Technological Reproduction offers an unprecedented breadth of new perspectives on the question of how sound technologies have transformed many aspects of what it means to listen. Building on Walter Benjamin’s classic writings, these essays make important contributions in the areas of musicology, ethnomusicology, analysis, composition, film and media, philosophy, perception, and sound studies, while their fascinating intersections point to emerging paradigms for rethinking the relationships between analog and digital, audio and multimedia, and live and recorded sound.’

Joseph Auner, Tufts University, USA

'These essays written by high profile scholars tackle some of the essential areas of today’s artistic expression. By placing listening in the foreground, they reverse the object of musical studies, and provide compelling and provocative ideas for both thinkers and creators of different aesthetic perspectives in today’s hyper-connected and technological world.’ Marco Stroppa, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Stuttgart, Germany