Explores the rich relationship between technology, music and culture.
Moving from web to field, from Victorian parlor to 21st-century mall, the 15 essays gathered here yield new insights regarding the intersection of local culture, musical creativity and technological possibilities. Inspired by the concept of "technoculture," the authors locate technology squarely in the middle of expressive culture: they are concerned with how technology culturally informs and infuses aspects of everyday life and musical experience, and they argue that this merger does not necessarily result in a "cultural grayout," but instead often produces exciting new possibilities. In this collection, we find evidence of musical practices and ways of knowing music that are informed or even significantly transformed by new technologies, yet remain profoundly local in style and meaning.
CONTRIBUTORS: Leslie C. Gay, Jr., Kai Fikentscher, Tong Soon Lee, René T. A. Lysloff, Matthew Malsky, Charity Marsh, Marc Perlman, Thomas Porcello, Andrew Ross, David Sanjek, jonathan Sterne, Janet L. Sturman, Timothy D. Taylor, Paul Théberge, Melissa West, Deborah Wong.
Intoduction: Ethnomusicology in the Twenty-first Centure - Rene T. A. Lysloff and Leslie C. Gay, Jr.
Musical Life in Softcity: An Internet Ethnography - Rene T. A. Lysloff
A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery: Trnsitional Music Sampling and Enigma's "Return to Innocence" - Timothy D. Taylor
"Ethnic Sounds": The Economy and Discourse of the Wold Music Sampling - Paul Theberge
Technology and the Prayer in Singapore - Tong Soon Lee
Plugged in at Home: Vietnamese American Technoculture in Orange County - Deborah Wong
Technology and Identity In Colobian Popular Music:Tecno-macondismo in Carlos Vives's Approach to Vallenato - Janet L. Sturman
The Nature/Technology Binary Opposition Dismantled in the Music of Madonna and Bjork - Charity Marsh and Melissa West
Before the Deluge: The Technoculture of Song-Sheet Publishing Viewed from Late-Niniteenth-Century Gavelston - Leslie G. Gay, Jr.
Stretched from Manhattan's Back Alley to MOMA: A Social History of Magnetic Tape and Recording - Matthew Malsky
Tails Out: Social Phenomenolgy and the Ethnographic Representation of Technology in Music Making - Thomas G. Porcello
"There's not a problem I can't fix, 'cause I can do it in the mix" : On the Performative Technoloy of 12-Inch Vinyl - Kai Fikentscher
Sounds Like the Mall of America: Programmed Music and the Architectonics of Commercial Space - Jonathan Sterne
Consuming Audio: An Introduction to Tweak Theory - Marc Perlman
Fairly Used: Negativeland's U2 and the Precarious Practice of Acoustic Appropriation - David Sanjek
Afterword: Back to Basics with the Roland - Andrew Ross
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"This book sets out to make technology an issue for ethnomusicology, but its value lies in the variety of ethno approaches it brings to technology. Detail, surprise, and the pleasure of scholarship—this is musicology of society at its best.""~Simon Frith, author of Performing Rites: On the Value of Popular Music
"After Music and Technoculture, scholars will have no excuse to treat music technology as neutral or impartial or as anything less than a powerful transformation of consciousness, musical meaning, and value. This volume will shape research paradigms over the coming decades."~Gage Averill, Professor of Ethnomusicology, New York University
"This book sets out to make technology an issue for ethnomusicology, but its value lies in the variety of ethno approaches it brings to technology. Detail, surprise, and the pleasure of scholarship—this is musicology of society at its best."~Simon Frith, author of Performing Rites: On the Value of Popular Music