1st Edition

New Music and the Crises of Materiality
Sounding Bodies and Objects in Late Modernity

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ISBN 9780367481858
July 5, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
208 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores the transformation of ideas of the material in late twentieth- and early twenty-first century musical composition. Arguing that new music in this era reflects a historical moment when the idea of materiality itself is in flux, the book focuses on how recent music and sound art have expressed notions of the body and the material environment. It engages with thinkers such as Theodor Adorno and Sara Ahmed to demonstrate how this music relates to changing material conditions, from the rise of neo-liberalisms and information technologies to new concepts of the natural world.

Table of Contents

Introduction: New Musical Materialisms

Part 1: Musical Bodies

Chapter 1: The (Dis)possession of the Musical Body

Chapter 2: The Composition of Posthuman Bodies

Part 2: Musical Objects

Chapter 3: Orientations and the Piano-Object

Chapter 4: Contemporary Composition and/as Plastic Art

Part 3: Musical Materials

Chapter 5: On the "Material" of Musical Material

Chapter 6: Natures and Ecologies of Composition

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Samuel Wilson's research focuses on music and twentieth- and twenty-first-century modernity. He lectures in music aesthetics at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and interdisciplinary theory at London Contemporary Dance School. He is the editor of Music--Psychoanalysis--Musicology (Routledge, 2018).