Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music (The MIT Press)
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The harvesting of lac, in India, involved horrible conditions for laborers, although the material itself was biodegradable and therefore less environmentally troublesome than the plastic formats that followed. Once you start looking at all the books and comics piled up on the bookcase, and remember the box of magazines in the corner, you realise that this is going to be a much bigger job. Accordingly, just as actor-network theorists and new materialists working in other fields have sought to disperse their objects to the wider infrastructures and mediations by which they seem to be constituted, so Devine argues for a “musicology without music. The problem is that the accumulated glut of technologies and formats only increases the environmental stress that our demand for maximal musical variety imposes.Clausen explained to Men’s Journal in 2007, after also testing the seeds for non-alkaloid compounds. The brand new memoir from James Acaster: cult comedian, bestselling author of Classic Scrapes, undercover cop, receiver of cabbages. Then we can organise the instructions into a sequence, or algorithm before translating it into code for the program .
His theory validates my conviction that McCandless wasn’t as clueless and incompetent as his detractors have made him out to be. But such a contention is salient only if we understand consumption, as Devine seems to, primarily at the level of the desire of the individual consumer.The point is partly methodological: echoing currently modish ‘new materialist’ theories, Devine argues that deflating music’s symbolic power permits wider understanding of its “materiality.
The debate over why McCandless perished, and the related question of whether he is worthy of admiration, has been smoldering, and occasionally flaring, for more than two decades now. Devine seems to adopt the orthodox view that endlessly growing production is enigmatic: people “crave” computers and cassettes, they “prefer” to supplement digital news with printed copy or LPs with download codes (33). Hamilton’s essay offered persuasive new evidence that the wild-potato plant is highly toxic in and of itself, contrary to the assurances of Thomas Clausen and every other expert who has ever weighed in on the subject. This picture book follows Lenny, a composer, who stops and listens to sounds of daily life which gives him inspiration for his own compositions. But in hinging his dispersion of music to particular staple commodities out of which it’s made, Devine risks obscuring the relations of power that condition the very processes he seeks to understand.The Political Ecology of Music, eBooks, eBook Download (PDF), The hidden material histories of music.