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The Social Life of Sound

Authors: Maalsen, Sophia

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  • Provides a new and innovative angle on the controversies and conflicts generated with the emergence of cultures and practices of music-making associated with new music-making technologies
  • Theoretically and conceptually innovative, being the first work that applies an object biography and life history approach to reused musical sounds
  • Enlists a broad range of illustrative examples of interest to musical scholars and music enthusiasts. This includes record collecting; beat making and sampling; curating music at both an institutional level (Smithsonian Folkways), independent label level, and in personal collections; and, reissuing records
  • Offers broad appeal to a diverse audience – both academic and those interested in music cultures more broadly
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The Social Life of Sounds argues for the agency of sounds and music and the acceleration of their social lives in the Digital Age. Drawing upon research with composers, producers, record collectors, DJs and record labels, the book problematises the notion of artistic authorship as it is framed in Western systems of property. Acknowledging that ‘things’ – sounds, samples, and recorded music – and people are co-constituted and that personhood is distributed through things and their reuse, Maalsen makes a case for understanding sound as multibiographical and challenges the possessive individual that is the basis of artistic copyright.

About the authors

Sophia Maalsen is a lecturer in urbanism at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. She specializes in the digital reconfiguration of the everyday across the fields of music, urbanism, material culture, housing and gender.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook £47.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-13-3453-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £59.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-13-3452-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Social Life of Sound
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-3453-5
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-3453-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-3452-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 267
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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