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Audible Infrastructures: Music, Sound, Media

Kyle Devine and Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier


Our day-to-day musical enjoyment seems so simple, so easy, so automatic. Songs instantly emanate instantaneously and almost magically from our computers and phones. The tools for playing and making music, such as records and guitars, wait for us in stores, ready for purchase and use. And when we’re done with all this stuff, we can kick it to the curb, where it disappears effortlessly and without a trace. These casual engagements often conceal the complex infrastructures that make our musical cultures possible.

Keywords: music, sound, media, infrastructure, mediality, politics, ecology, resources, circulation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190932633
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190932633.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kyle Devine, editor
Associate Professor of Musicology, University of Oslo

Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, editor
Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Victoria

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Part I Introductions and Orientations

1 Making Infrastructures Audible

Kyle Devine and Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier

Part II Resources and Production

4 Glittery

Alejandra Bronfman*

5 Timber to Timbre

José E. Martínez-Reyes*

Part III Circulation and Transmission

7 Street Net and Electronic Music in Cuba

Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier

8 Sonopolis

Tom Western

9 Shadows of Black and White

Leslie C. Gay Jr.*

Part IV Failure and Waste

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