Current of Music: Elements of a Radio Theory / Edition 1

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Adorno's broad ranging radio project, carried out whilst living as a refugee in New York, raises important perspectives on questions of popular culture, the music of industrial entertainment, the history of radio and the social dimensions of the reproduction of art.
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‘Scrupulously reconstructed by Robert Hullot-Kentor, Adorno'sbold and ambitious attempt to write a critical physiognomy of radiomusic is both a document of its time and provocation to ours.'
Martin Jay, University of California, Berkeley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745642864
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,446,866
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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Edited and with an Introduction by Robert Hullot-Kentor

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Table of Contents

Preface: Prolegomenon to a Reconstruction of Current of Music -Second Salvage.


1 Radio Physiognomics.

2 A Social Critique of Radio Music.

3 The Radio Symphony: An Experiment in Theory.

4 Analytical Study of the NBC Appreciation Hour.

5 'What a Music Appreciation Hour Should Be. Plans for a musiceducation program, Radio Broadcasts on WNYC and Drafts.

6 'On Popular Music' : Draft Material and Text.

7 Musical Analyses of Hit Songs.

Further material:.

A The Radio Voice.

B Memorandum on Lyrics in Popular Music.

C Experiment on: Preference for Material or Treatment of twoPopular Songs.

D The Problem of Experimentation in Music Psychology.

E Note on Classification.

F On the Use of Elaborate Personal Interviews for the PrincetonRadio Research Project.

G The Problem of a New Type of Human Being.

H Some Remarks on a Propaganda Publication of NBC.

I Theses about the Idea and Form of Collaboration of thePrinceton Radio Research Project..


Index of names

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