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Music after the FallModern Composition and Culture since 1989$
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Tim Rutherford-Johnson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520283145

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520283145.001.0001

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Ruins, Memorials, and Documents

(p.206) 7 Loss
Music after the Fall

Tim Rutherford-Johnson

University of California Press

The consequences of modernity and postmodernity have included the destruction of habitats and communities, as well as threats to national and personal security. Considerations of the environment, millennial anxieties, and new forms of contemporary tragedy have brought new means of articulating and recording loss in music. The chapter considers in particular modes of documentation and preservation as responses to loss, especially in forms of acoustic ecology and field recording; as well as forms of musical ruins. It also considers works of public and private commemoration, in musical responses to both 9/11 and AIDS.

Keywords:   9/11, AIDS, acoustic ecology, environment, ruins, commemoration, documentation, preservation

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