Sounding postmodernism : sampling Australian composers, sound artists and music critics / David Bennett
'What is postmodernism, and what does it have to do with music?
In this book, David Bennett offers an unusually lucid,
jargon-free exposition of the theories and debates surrounding
this concept, arguing persuasively for its continuing relevance
to contemporary music and culture. And because the postmodern is
nothing if not local, he includes interviews with three dozen
Australian composers and sound-artists, who explain their music
and careers in their own words. A deft combination of cultural
analysis and ethnographic documentation, Sounding Postmodernism
invites us to rethink the stakes of our moment in music
- Susan McClary, Professor of Musicology, UCLA
'This book is a very timely and welcome addition to the
literature on Australian music. Timely because it articulates a
powerful case for why reports of the death of "postmodernism" may
indeed be premature, and welcome, because it displays what the
very best kind of postmodern scholarship can do: take a people, a
culture, a repertoire (here Australian 'art' music), one
otherwise considered to be on the periphery of the Great
Tradition, and place it smack bang in the centre of a powerful
history of ideas. The book would be praiseworthy for Bennett's
masterly survey and analysis of the theoretical field alone; but
its unique value comes from its showing how the theory of
postmodernism relates here to its practitioners. For those on
either side of the academy who might underestimate the
significance of either theory or practice, this is a book that
invites us to think again.'
- Dr. Peter Tregear, musicologist
Includes Reference List and index.
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