Deadness: Technologies of the Intermundane
Abstract

Abstract:

Posthumous duets—performances involving a dead singer and a living one—have become ubiquitous in popular music. As the case of Natalie and Nat “King” Cole’s “Unforgettable” makes clear, all sound recording harnesses the productive capacities of both living and dead, patterned through specific forms of co-laboring, or “deadness.”