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Recorded music and practices of remembering.

Anderson, B. (2004) 'Recorded music and practices of remembering.', Social & cultural geography., 5 (1). pp. 3-20.

Abstract

Despite a resurgence of work that has begun to examine critically the artefactual mediation of memory, very few accounts have focused upon the interconnections between recorded music and daily acts of remembering. Drawing upon in-depth case study-based research into recorded music and everyday life with seventeen lower middle-class households, this paper describes the composition of three practices of remembering with and through recorded music. First, remembering how to choose and 'fit' specific purchased music to particular socio-spatial activities: a creative practice of mimicry, discretion and intuition in which the past is both embodied in the actions of judgement and choice and also functions to compose a co-present, but not-yet 'virtual' realm. Second, the widespread, ephemeral and subject-less practice of 'involuntary remembering' in which a trace of a virtual past affects 'in itself'. Finally, 'intentional remembering' in which a past is conditioned to occur as a fixed, relatively durable 'memory'. The paper describes how such practices of remembering are bound up with the emergence of domestic time-space, and thus the mode of being of the past, via the circulation and organization of affect.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Recorded music, Remembering, Past, Everyday Life, Affect, Memory.
Full text:Full text not available from this repository.
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1464936042000181281
Record Created:09 Nov 2006
Last Modified:22 Sep 2010 14:57

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