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Player pianos, radio-electric circuits, gramophone records, and optical sound film—these were the cutting-edge acoustic technologies of the early twentieth century, and for many musicians and artists of the time, these devices were also the implements of a musical revolution. Instruments for New Music traces a diffuse network of cultural agents who shared the belief that a truly modern music could be attained only through a radical challenge to the technological foundations of the art. Centered in Germany during the 1920s and 1930s, the movement to create new instruments encompassed a broad spectrum of experiments, from the exploration of microtonal tunings and exotic tone colors to the ability to compose directly for automatic musical machines. This movement comprised composers, inventors, and visual artists, including Paul Hindemith, Ernst Toch, Jörg Mager, Friedrich Trautwein, László Moholy-Nagy, Walter Ruttmann, and Oskar Fischinger. Patteson’s fascinating study combines an artifact-oriented history of new music in the early twentieth century with an astute revisiting of still-relevant debates about the relationship between technology and the arts.
 

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  1. Acknowledgement
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Illustrations
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Listening to Instruments
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. “The Joy of Precision”: Mechanical Instruments and the Aesthetics of Automation
  2. pp. 18-51
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  1. “The Alchemy of Tone”: Jörg Mager and Electric Music
  2. pp. 52-81
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  1. “Sonic Handwriting”: Media Instruments and Musical Inscription
  2. pp. 82-113
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  1. “A New, Perfect Musical Instrument”: The Trautonium and Electric Music in the 1930s
  2. pp. 114-152
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  1. The Expanding Instrumentarium
  2. pp. 153-167
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 169-207
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780520963122
Related ISBN
9780520288027
MARC Record
OCLC
1089420946
Pages
250
Launched on MUSE
2019-03-12
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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