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Author Adorno, Theodor W., 1903-1969, author.

Title Current of music : elements of a radio theory / [Theodor W. Adorno] ; edited with an introduction by Robert Hullot-Kentor.

Publication Info. Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity, ©2009.

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 Talbott: Circulating Collection  ML68 .A36 2009    Available  ---
Edition English edition.
Description vi, 511 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm
Note Originally published in German and English: Frankfurt am Main : Suhrkamp, 2006, under title: Current of music.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 486-499) and index.
Includes discography: pages 481-485.
Contents Editor's Introduction: Second salvage: prolegomenon to a reconstruction of Current of music -- Radio physiognomies -- Social critique of radio music -- Radio symphony: an experiment in theory -- Analytical study of the NBC Music Appreciation Hour -- 'What a music appreciation hour should be': expose, radio programmes on WNYC and Draft -- 'On popular music': material and text -- Musical analyses of hit songs -- Other materials. Radio voice ; Memorandum on lyrics in popular music ; Experimenton: preference for material or treatment of two popular songs ; Problem of experimentation in music psychology ; Note on classification ; On the use of elaborate personal Interviews for the Princeton Radio Research Project ; Problem of a new type of human being ; Some remarks on a propaganda publication of NBC ; Theses about the idea and form of collaboration of the Princeton Radio Research Project.
Summary "Having fled the Nazis, Theodor W. Adorno lived in New York City as a refugee from 1938 until 1941. During these years, he was intensively involved in a study of how the recently developed techniques for the nation wide transmission of music over radio were transforming the perception of music itself. This broad ranging radio research was conceived as nothing less than an investigation, partly empirical, of Walter Benjamin's speculative claims for the emancipatory potential of art in the age of its mechanical reproduction. The results of Adorno's project set him decisively at odds with Benjamin's theses and at the same time became the body of thinking that formed the basis for Adornos own aesthetics in his Philosophy of New Music." "Current of Music is the title that Adorno himself gave to this research project. For complex reasons, however, Adorno was not able to bring the several thousands of pages of this massive study, most of it written in English, to a final form prior to leaving New York for California, where he would immediately begin work with Max Horkheimer on the Dialectic of Enlightenment. Robert Hullot Kentor, the distinguished Adorno scholar, reconstructed Adorno's project for the Adorno Archive in Germany and provides a lengthy and informative introduction to the fragmentary texts collected in this volume." "Current of Music will be widely discussed for the light it throws on the development of Adorno's thought, on his complex relationship with Walter Benjamin, but most of all for the important perspectives it provides on questions of popular culture, the music of industrial entertainment, the history of radio and the social dimensions of the reproduction of art."--Jacket.
Language English text.
Subject Radio and music.
Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics.
Radio broadcasting -- Philosophy.
Added Author Hullot-Kentor, Robert, editor.
Other Form: Online version: Adorno, Theodor W., 1903-1969. Current of music. English ed. Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity, ©2009 (OCoLC)634762436
ISBN 9780745642857 (hbk.)
0745642853 (hbk.)
0745642861 (pbk.)
9780745642864 (pbk.)