The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies, Volume 1
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The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies, Volume 1

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The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies consolidates an area of scholarly inquiry that examines how electrical technologies and their corresponding economies of scale have rendered music and sound increasingly mobile - portable, fungible, and ubiquitous. At once a marketing term, a common mode of everyday-life performance, and an instigator of experimental aesthetics, "mobile music" opens up a space for studying the momentous transformations in the production, distribution, consumption, and experience of music and sound that took place from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first centuries. The first volume of the handbook treats the devices, markets, and theories of mobile music, incorporating epistemologies and methodologies from a number of disciplines, including music studies, sound studies, mobility studies, communication studies, new media studies, performance studies, and more. The contributors draw on political economy and economic sociology, ethnography and autoethnography, musical and sonic transcription, analysis and hermeneutics, and historical and archival research as its primary methods. The book treats a significant number of devices, including the transistor radio, the portable gramophone, the Walkman, the iPod, the boom box, headphones and earbuds, and the cochlear implant. Its chapters cover a large swath of the world - the US, the UK, Japan, Brazil, Germany, Turkey, Mexico, France, China, Jamaica, Iraq, the Philippines, India - and a similarly broad array of musical styles and practices, from the recondite and subcultural to the mass-popular and global. The most comprehensive book of its kind, this handbook is a necessary reference for scholars in multiple fields.show more

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  • Hardback | 560 pages
  • 174 x 250 x 34mm | 979.98g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 16 b&w line art; 12 b&w h/t
  • 0195375726
  • 9780195375725

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About Sumanth S. Gopinath

Sumanth Gopinath is the author of The Ringtone Dialectic: Economy and Cultural Form (2013). His writings on Steve Reich, musical minimalism, Marxism, academic politics, ringtones, Bob Dylan, and Benjamin Britten have appeared in scholarly journals including Music Theory Spectrum, Journal of the Society for American Music, and First Monday, and in the edited collections Sound Commitments, Highway 61 Revisited, and Music and Narrative since 1900. Jason Stanyek is University Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the University of Oxford, where he is also Fellow and Tutor in Music at St John's College. His writings on Brazilian music, improvisation, music technology, and jazz have appeared in a range of academic journals and edited collections. Forthcoming books include a monograph on music and dance in the Brazilian diaspora and a volume (co-edited with Frederick Moehn) titled Brazil's Northern Wave: Fifty Years of Bossa Nova in the United States.show more

Table of contents

Contents ; 1. Anytime/Anywhere? An Introduction to the Devices, Markets and Theories of Mobile Music ; Sumanth Gopinath and Jason Stanyek ; Part I: Theorizing Mobile Music ; 2. How the MP3 Became Ubiquitous ; Jonathan Sterne ; 3. Is a Download a Performance? ; Marc Perlman ; 4. Divisible Mobility: Music in an Age of Cloud Computing ; Martin Scherzinger ; 5. iPod Use, Mediation and Privatization in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction ; Michael Bull ; 6. Changing Cultural Coordinates: The Transistor Radio and Space / Time / Identity ; Tim Wall and Nick Webber ; Part II: Mobility, Sound and Communication ; 7. Labor, Machines, IVR Enabled Automated Call Centers, and the Design of an Audible Workplace ; David McCarthy ; 8. Mobile Semiotics ; Evelyn Nien-Ming Ch'ien ; 9. Calling my Name: Sound, Orality and the Cell Phone Contact List ; Heather A. Horst ; 10. What Is that Noise? An Analysis of Sound Quality and Music in Mobile Devices ; Katie M. Lever-Mazzuto ; 11. Aural Armor: Charting the Militarization of the iPod in Operation Iraqi Freedom ; J. Martin Daughtry ; Part III: Devices That Listen (The Politics of Aurality) ; 12. Cochlear Implants after Fifty Years: An Interview with Charles Graser ; Mara Mills ; 13. Music Ethnography and Recording Technology in the Unbound Digital Era ; Anna Schultz and Mark Nye ; Part IV: Children, Adolescents and Mobile Music Listening ; 14. Forever and Ever: Mobile Music in the Life of Young Teens ; Arild Bergh, Tia DeNora, and Maia Bergh ; 15. Earbuds Are Good for Sharing: Children's Headphones as Social Media at a Vermont School ; Tyler Bickford ; Part V: Urban Ecologies and Politics ; 16. Can You Hear Us Now? Ringtones and Politics in the Contemporary Philippines ; Jan M. Padios ; 17. Stereos in the City: Moving Through Music in South India ; Sindhumathi Revuluri ; 18. Urban Echoes: The Boombox and Sonic Mobility in the 1980s ; Joseph Schloss and Bill Bahng Boyer ; Part VI: National Mobile Music Markets ; 19. Mexican Mobile Music: Una Convergencia con Sabor ; Patrick Burkart and Christopher Joseph Westgate ; 20. Music Piracy, Commodities, and Value: Digital Media in the Indian Marketplace ; Jayson Beaster-Jones ; 21. A Tale of Two Countries: Online Radio in the United States and Japan ; Noriko Manabe ; 22. Mobile Tactics in the Brazilian Independent Music Industry ; Kariann Goldschmitt ; Indexshow more

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