MUS111H1 Lecture Notes - Ethnomusicology, Castrato, Electric Light

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Lecture 1 1/10/2013 7:28:00 AM
Media as extension of self/ medium is the message McLuhan
Sender receiver message medium
Technical objects reshaping human relations Baudrillard
Shift from content of medium to effect on people
Light bulb expands relationship to environment, determine day
Media determine situation Kittler
Constrain experience
World as system, network, archive, storage system of info
Relations across time and space
Structured relationships across human history
Tupac hologram and Pepper’s Ghost
Extension and mediation
boundary of biological and technological
Castrati prepubescent male singers who get sex organs removed for
high voice
Eunuchoid features, 16-18CE Europe
Body as tool (techne), designed/recalibrated/tweaked
Related to social practices of music and perf
Biology and tech boundaries
Instruments as technology? Voice and body
Boundary of natural and tech
What is mediated/extended/enhanced in castrato voice
Tech and ethnomusicology study of music in culture
Tech: fully cultural progress, social meaning, not just things but how
they’re used and conceived
Ethnomusicology-recording tech
Edison phonograph 1877
Bartok recording Czech peasants 1908
Technoculture
Communities and cultural practice emerge through changing media and
IT, characterized by adaptation/avoidance/subversion
Bob Dylan at Newport 1965 bring electric guitar, people outraged
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Tech and authnecity
1960s folk audience: tech as unnatural, alienating, opposed ot art,
community around folk authencity and ideal of face to face, avoidance
1960s rock audience: tech embraced, creatively liberating, atuthentic
individual, adaptation
tech determinism vs social constructionism
what degree tech determine human actions, does tech shape or shaped
by society
drives paradigm shifts in history
feudalism -> capitalism, industrial revolution, globalization
utopic view: expand potential, create community, facilitate resistance
dystopic view: controlling, disciplining
tech and power
recordings of minorities, mistakes in tribe names…
World Music2.0 Global Ghettotech
Global ntwks of DJs using web to circulate mixes, mashup
Tech new forms of participation, resistance, imagined community
2.0 social web, participatory wave of world music
middle men less involved (record companies)
hiphop, reggae, electro dance, global forms localized
Hogg article
Technology or technologies
Different tech different cultural implications
Capital T tech, electric tech, mnemic tech
Electronic tech disemobided music, undermines or subverts Western
concepts of music bound to score
Mnemic help remember; instruments activate dead, evoke history,
meanings… violin: embodied, environmental, social… embodiment vs
disembodiment
Social constructionism vs tech determinism
Authenticity vs inauthenticity (i.e. lipsync)
Dystopic vs utopic
Avoidance vs adoption
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Media as extension of self/ medium is the message mcluhan. Technical objects reshaping human relations baudrillard. Shift from content of medium to effect on people. Light bulb expands relationship to environment, determine day. World as system, network, archive, storage system of info. Castrati prepubescent male singers who get sex organs removed for high voice. Related to social practices of music and perf. Tech and ethnomusicology study of music in culture. Tech: fully cultural progress, social meaning, not just things but how they"re used and conceived. Communities and cultural practice emerge through changing media and. Bob dylan at newport 1965 bring electric guitar, people outraged. 1960s folk audience: tech as unnatural, alienating, opposed ot art, community around folk authencity and ideal of face to face, avoidance. 1960s rock audience: tech embraced, creatively liberating, atuthentic individual, adaptation. What degree tech determine human actions, does tech shape or shaped by society. Drives paradigm shifts in history feudalism -> capitalism, industrial revolution, globalization.

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