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