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Absolute Music, Mechanical Reproduction$
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Arved Ashby

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520264793

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520264793.001.0001

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Recording, Repetition, and Memory in Absolute Music

Recording, Repetition, and Memory in Absolute Music

(p.60) 2. Recording, Repetition, and Memory in Absolute Music
Absolute Music, Mechanical Reproduction

Arved Ashby

University of California Press

This chapter identifies three approaches to help in sorting out the different functions of recordings as memory objects, studying Jacques Attali and his analysis of “the repetitive economy” of mechanical reproduction and its tendency to stockpile. Next, it discusses Henri Bergson and the complicated dynamic between memory, past, and present moment, and describes the different forms of remembrance represented by recordings. The chapter also studies musical hermeneutics as a critical enterprise that has been changed by the kinds of repetition which are allowed by recordings.

Keywords:   recordings, memory objects, Jacques Attali, mechanical reproduction, stockpiling, Henry Bergson, forms of remembrance, musical hermeneutics

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