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Music, Sound and Space
Transformations of Public and Private Experience

Georgina Born, Gascia Ouzounian, Eric F. Clarke, Jonathan Sterne, Sumanth Gopinath, Jason Stanyek, Nicola Dibben, Anneli B. Haake, Tom Rice, Andrew J. Eisenberg, Philip V. Bohlman, Nicholas Cook, Byron Dueck, Tia DeNora, Suzanne G. Cusick, Richard Middleton
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  • Date Published: March 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107504127


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  • Music, Sound and Space is the first collection to integrate research from musicology and sound studies on music and sound as they mediate everyday life. Music and sound exert an inescapable influence on the contemporary world, from the ubiquity of MP3 players to the controversial use of sound as an instrument of torture. In this book, leading scholars explore the spatialisation of music and sound, their capacity to engender modes of publicness and privacy, their constitution of subjectivity, and the politics of sound and space. Chapters discuss music and sound in relation to distinctive genres, technologies and settings, including sound installation art, popular music recordings, offices and hospitals, and music therapy. With international examples, from the Islamic soundscape of the Kenyan coast, to religious music in Europe, to First Nation musical sociability in Canada, this book offers a new global perspective on how music and sound and their spatialising capacities transform the nature of public and private experience.

    • The first book to integrate and address issues of music and technology, sound and space. Sound studies and debates over music and space are areas of enormous contemporary interest but until now they have been treated separately
    • Offers a theoretical breakthrough that brings musicology, ethnomusicology and sociology of music into dialogue with sound studies, with chapters by outstanding leading figures from most of these fields
    • Addresses issues of profound relevance for composers, musicians and creative practitioners and will also be relevant to creative practitioners and students in music, electro-acoustic and digital music, sound art and sonic arts
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107504127
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction - music, sound and space: transformations of public and private experience Georgina Born
    Part I. The Design of Mediated Music and Sound:
    2. Sound installation art: from spatial poetics to politics, aesthetics to ethics Gascia Ouzounian
    3. Music, space and subjectivity Eric F. Clarke
    4. What the mind's ear doesn't hear Jonathan Sterne
    5. Tuning the human race: athletic capitalism and the Nike+ sport kit Sumanth Gopinath and Jason Stanyek
    Part II. Space, Sound and Affect in Everyday Lifeworlds:
    6. Music and the construction of space in office-based work settings Nicola Dibben and Anneli B. Haake
    7. Broadcasting the body: the 'private' made 'public' in hospital soundscapes Tom Rice
    8. Islam, sound, and space: acoustemology and Muslim citizenship on the Kenyan coast Andrew J. Eisenberg
    Part III. Music, Identity, Alterity and the Politics of Space:
    9. Music inside out - sounding public religion in a post-secular Europe Philip V. Bohlman
    10. Classical music and the politics of space Nicholas Cook
    11. Civil twilight: country music, alcohol, and the spaces of Manitoban Aboriginal sociability Byron Dueck
    Part IV. Music and Sound: Torture, Healing and Love:
    12. Music space as healing space: community music therapy and the negotiation of identity in a mental health centre Tia DeNora
    13. Towards an acoustemology of detention in the 'global war on terror' Suzanne G. Cusick
    14. Faith, hope, and the hope of love: on the fidelity of the phonographic voice Richard Middleton.

  • Editor

    Georgina Born, University of Oxford
    Georgina Born is Professor of Music and Anthropology at the University of Oxford. Formerly Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Music at the University of Cambridge, she is currently directing the international research programme 'Music, Digitisation, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies', funded by The European Research Council. Her publications include Rationalizing Culture: IRCAM, Boulez, and the Institutionalization of the Musical Avant-Garde (1995), Western Music and Its Others: Difference, Representation and Appropriation in Music (edited with D. Hesmondhalgh, 2000), Uncertain Vision: Birt, Dyke and the Reinvention of the BBC (2005) and the forthcoming Interdisciplinarity: Reconfigurations of the Social and Natural Sciences (edited with A. Barry).


    Georgina Born, Gascia Ouzounian, Eric F. Clarke, Jonathan Sterne, Sumanth Gopinath, Jason Stanyek, Nicola Dibben, Anneli B. Haake, Tom Rice, Andrew J. Eisenberg, Philip V. Bohlman, Nicholas Cook, Byron Dueck, Tia DeNora, Suzanne G. Cusick, Richard Middleton

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