Recorded Music: Philosophical and Critical Reflections brings together an international collection of experts to explore various philosophical issues surrounding recordings. In recent musicology, there is growing awareness of music as a performance art. Musicologists are beginning to regard performances, rather than musical scores, as the foundation of the phenomenon called ‘music’. In this connection, recordings, which preserve performances and thereby allow researchers to scrutinise them in detail through repeated hearings, are rapidly becoming the object of academic studies.
While various scholarly books have documented the changing performance styles and the impact of technology on performance traditions through study of recordings, there is no single book that adresses philosophical questions that pertain to recordings. This book brings together the perspectives of practising musicians, musicologists, sound artists, and recordings engineers on the philosophical issues related to their work in the context of making/using recordings.
What kind of ‘temporality’ is generated through recordings, and how?
What is the nature of ‘recorded time’?
What kind of ‘spatiality’ is generated through recordings, and by what means?
What is the nature of ‘recorded space’?
Do recordings reflect musical reality or create one?
How is ‘intertextuality’ created in recordings?
What can be known about musical performance through the study of recordings?
What are the philosophical bases of an ‘ethics’ of recording?
Dr Mine Dogantan-Dack (editor) is Chair of the Music Research Group at Middlesex University.