Music and Technoculture

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René T. A. Lysloff, Leslie C. Gay, Jr.
Wesleyan University Press, Oct 29, 2003 - Music - 395 pages
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Moving from web to field, from Victorian parlor to 21st-century mall, the 15 essays gathered here yield new insights regarding the intersection of local culture, musical creativity and technological possibilities. Inspired by the concept of "technoculture," the authors locate technology squarely in the middle of expressive culture: they are concerned with how technology culturally informs and infuses aspects of everyday life and musical experience, and they argue that this merger does not necessarily result in a "cultural grayout," but instead often produces exciting new possibilities. In this collection, we find evidence of musical practices and ways of knowing music that are informed or even significantly transformed by new technologies, yet remain profoundly local in style and meaning.

CONTRIBUTORS: Leslie C. Gay, Jr., Kai Fikentscher, Tong Soon Lee, René T. A. Lysloff, Matthew Malsky, Charity Marsh, Marc Perlman, Thomas Porcello, Andrew Ross, David Sanjek, jonathan Sterne, Janet L. Sturman, Timothy D. Taylor, Paul Théberge, Melissa West, Deborah Wong.

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Although I have not read this entire book, as I was searching for material related to the artist Bjork and found the specific chapter, I am sure it is very interesting but there many glaringly obvious mistakes in some of the claims made. The mistakes that I have spotted are within the chapter regarding Madonna and Bjork, and seeing as I count Bjork as my hero, both musically and otherwise, I have had extensive experience of interviews with her and claims that she has made.
Firstly, claiming that she was demonstrating the use of a QY20 (taen from the south bank show documentary), this machine was a sampler and not a QY20. She says this. That she is used to using a QY20 but this machine is different, more of a sampler and Mar Bell is teaching her how to use it.
Secondly claiming that the cover of Homogenic is a computerized image of her, well in another interview with her and Alexander McQueen (the stylist for this shoot), it is claimed by both that it is far from computeized, some special effects may have been used, the actual cover was not computerized.
Although I cannot spea about the rest of this book, from these major mistakes in research as well as a bank of others which I have not mentioned, it may seem that this book has the p[otential to mae misatakes in other areas and chapters. The trouble is, becuase it is a published book, anyone reading it will believe everything that it says, however if you know a subject inside out, and spot theser mistakes, it can mae you doubt whether you are insane or not
 

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RENÉ T.A. LYSLOFF is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of California, Riverside. LESLIE C. GAY, JR. is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Musicology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. ANDREW ROSS is Director of the American Studies Program at New York University.

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