Strange Sounds: Music, Technology and Culture

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In Strange Sounds, Timothy D. Taylor explains the wonder and anxiety provoked by a technological revolution that began in the 1940s and gathers steam daily. Taylor discusses the ultural role of technology, its use in making music, and the inevitable concerns about "authenticity" that arise from electronic music. Informative and highly entertaining for both music fans and scholars, Strange Sounds is a provocative look at how we perform, listen to, and understand music today.

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Editorial Reviews

Paul Rabinow
Tim Taylor deftly and insightfully brings concepts from science and technology studies to bear on contemporary world music and its antecedents. This book makes the machinery of music speak.
Trevor Pinch
technologies are socially embedded and reappropriated in a variety of musical cultures. Taylor shows that throughout the esoteric history of electronic music up to modern rave, the common issue remains how humans give meaning to technology. Strange Sounds is a fascinating, wide-ranging, and provocative account of the incorporation of technology into one of the most important human social activities—music making.
Steven Feld
Tim Taylor always makes music social, but never simply replaces the powerful materiality of sound with its sociology. Strange Sounds is not simple ideological readings of musical texts but critical cultural studies of music at its best—work that brings a complex and serious piece of musical history out of the closet and into the lived foreground of music as social practice.
Joseph Auner
Weaving together a richly interdisciplinary theoretical Trevor Pinch, Cornell Universityrounding, close attention to musical developments— including Pierre Schaeffer's musique concrete, "space age" pop, world music sampling, electronic dance music, and the MP3 phenomenon—together with a commitment to understanding how musicians and listeners actually use technology, Strange Sounds will be stimulating and engaging reading for anyone with an interest in the ways culture and technology interact.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415936842
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/12/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy D. Taylor is Asssistant Professor of Music at Columbia University. He is author of Global Pop: World Music, World Markets, also published by Routledge.

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Table of Contents

List of Examples, Figures, and Tables
1 Will the Revolution Be Digitized? 3
2 Music, Technology, Agency, and Practice 15
3 Postwar Music and the Technoscientific Imaginary 41
4 Men, Machines, and Music in the Space-Age 1950s 72
5 Technostalgia 96
6 A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery 117
7 Music at Home, Politics Afar 136
8 Turn On, Tune In, Trance Out 165
9 Anxiety, Consumption, and Agency 201
Notes 207
References 245
Index 270
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