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Sublime Noise
Author: Joshua M. Epstein

ISBN: 9781421415239
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 15 September 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.9
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When Stravinsky's Rite of Spring premiered in Paris in 1913, the crowd rioted in response to the harsh dissonance and jarring rhythms of its score. This wasnoise, not music. In Sublime Noise, Josh Epstein examines the significance of noise in modernist music and literature. How-and why-did composers and writers incorporate the noises of modern industry, warfare, and big-city life into their work?

Epstein argues that, as the creative class engaged with the racket of cityscapes and new media, they reconsidered not just the aesthetic of music but also its cultural effects. Noise, after all, is more than a sonic category: it is a cultural value judgment-a way of abating and categorizing the sounds of a social space or of new music. Pulled into dialogue with modern music's innovative rhythms, noise signaled the breakdown of art's autonomy from social life-even the "old favorites" of Beethoven and Wagner took on new cultural meanings when circulated in noisy modern contexts. The use of noise also opened up the closed space of art to the pressures of publicity and technological mediation....

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