By Theodor W. Adorno
Fleeing the Nazis, Theodor W. Adorno lived in ny urban as a refugee from 1938 till 1941. in the course of those years, he used to be intensively fascinated by a research of ways the lately built thoughts for the nation-wide transmission of song over radio have been reworking the notion of track itself. This vast ranging radio learn used to be conceived as not anything below an research, partially empirical, of Walter Benjamin’s speculative claims for the emancipatory power of paintings within the age of its mechanical copy. the result of Adorno’s venture set him decisively at odds with Benjamin’s theses and whilst turned the physique of pondering that shaped the foundation for Adorno’s personal aesthetics in his Philosophy of recent Music.
Current of Music is the name that Adorno himself gave to this learn undertaking. For complicated purposes, although, Adorno used to be unable to carry the different hundreds of thousands of pages of this large examine, such a lot of it written in English, to a last shape ahead of leaving manhattan for California, the place he might instantly start paintings with Max Horkheimer at the Dialectic of Enlightenment. Robert Hullot-Kentor, the celebrated Adorno student, reconstructed Adorno’s undertaking for the Adorno Archive in Germany and gives a long and informative advent to the fragmentary texts accumulated during this volume.
Current of Music might be broadly mentioned for the sunshine it throws at the improvement of Adorno’s proposal, on his complicated courting with Walter Benjamin, yet so much of concerned about the $64000 views it offers on questions of pop culture, the track of business leisure, the background of radio and the social dimensions of the copy of paintings.