Mediating the Muse: A Communications Approach to Music, Media, and Cultural Change

Mediating the Muse: A Communications Approach to Music, Media, and Cultural Change

by Robert Albrecht
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1572735112

ISBN-13: 9781572735118

Pub. Date: 01/01/2004

Publisher: Hampton Press, Incorporated

Albrecht (theory and media history, New Jersey City U.) begins a dialogue on the role media have played and continue to play in restructuring the experience and understanding of music. His focus is not on music itself, but on its communication: the various channels that mediate music and the kinds of social environments that result. A tentative thesis is that as

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Albrecht (theory and media history, New Jersey City U.) begins a dialogue on the role media have played and continue to play in restructuring the experience and understanding of music. His focus is not on music itself, but on its communication: the various channels that mediate music and the kinds of social environments that result. A tentative thesis is that as technology restructures how music is mediated and collectively experienced, it also transforms how people think, perceive, and interact with the world. After setting it out, he applies it in an ethnography and oral history of musical change in a small Brazilian town. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572735118
Publisher:
Hampton Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Series:
Hampton Press Communication Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Little Man Who Wasn't There1
IThe Theory: The Ecology of Music, Media, and Cultural Change
1Communication in a New Key17
The Psychophysiological Dimension of Music in Ancient Thought22
The Psychophysiological Dimension of Music in Modern Thought28
The Electronic Vibration38
In the Rear-View Mirror44
2In the Time Before Rhyme47
Music as Technique and Technology50
Technology as an Environment55
Communication Environments as History62
Mimetic Culture65
In the Rear-View Mirror80
3And the Word Was Made in Flesh83
Oral Culture86
Chirographic or Writing a Culture102
Print Culture109
Printed Music and the Vox Populi127
In the Rear-View Mirror133
4The Music Goes Electric137
The Mechanical Era (1877-1925)140
The Electromechanical Era (1925-1955)148
The Electronic Era (1955-Present)157
In the Rear-View Mirror179
IIAn Application: An Ethnography and Oral History of Musical Change in a Small Brazilian Town
5Abadiania: A Tale of Three Cities
Abadiania: A Small Town in Brazil187
Three Environments, One Town193
Research Design196
6The Elders211
The Oral Experience of Music212
The Electromechanical Experience of Music238
7Middle-Aged Adults241
The Oral Experience of Music242
The Electromechanical Experience of Music267
8Young Adults279
The Oral Experience of Music280
The Electromechanical Experience of Music299
9The Youth315
The Oral Experience of Music316
The Electromechanical Experience of Music331
10Adeus Meu Sertao347
The Oral Music Environment348
The Transitional Music Environment357
The Electromechanical Music Environment362
In the Rear-View Mirror369
IIIThe Last Exit
11The Silent Song375
The Conceptualization and Experience of Musical Performance378
Reportorial Stability383
Participation and Involvement386
Pedagogical Considerations390
The Proxemics of Performance and Sound Recording394
The Authenticity Debates396
The Mythic Inversion406
In the Rear-View Mirror407
AppendixGlossary of Foreign Terms Used in Part Two411
References417
Author Index437
Subject Index443

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