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Thursday, March 8, 2018
The Politics of “Oriental Syncopation”
By Fritz Schenker In this final post exploring issues of musical labor in the age of machine-age imperialism (the subject of a panel Allis...
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Talent Scouts, Drunk Musicians, and other Recording Adventures in the Acoustic Era
By Sergio Ospina-Romero Between 1905 and 1926, recording scouts of the Victor Talking Machine Company established temporary recording stud...
Monday, March 5, 2018
Dissertation Digest: Interpretive Labor in Experimental Music
By Kirsten Speyer Carithers My high school had strong band and choir programs, but no orchestra. Consequently, my first experience playing ...
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Mechanical Instruments and Taylorized Musical Labor
By Allison Wente In this cartoon from John Philip Sousa’s 1906 article, “The Menace of Mechanical Music,” two anthropomorphized phonogr...
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Musical Labor and Machine-Age Imperialism
By Sergio Ospina-Romero, Fritz Schenker, and Allison Wente The discussions about music, labor, and value that have long accompanied the hi...
Dissertation Digest: Parisian Music Journalism and the Politics of the Piano
By Shaena Weitz If you lived in France in September 1833, and you wanted to read a journal about music, you had one option: the erudite, e...
Friday, February 23, 2018
An Appropriately Late, Musicological Reaction to the Super Bowl Halftime Show
By Nathan Landes As a longtime football fan, I am increasingly sure that history will not look kindly upon America’s favorite sport. The pr...
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