Current of Music by Theodor W. Adorno

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.

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In this effort, during his years in the United States, he succeeded at publishing three essays: ‘On Popular Music’ (in Studies in Philosophy and Social Science, 1941), ‘The Radio Symphony: An Experiment in Theory’ (in Radio Research, 1941), and ‘A Social Critique of Radio Music’ (in Kenyon Review, spring, 1945). But while Adorno was critical of his work, there is no doubt that he valued it. From his first year in New York City he sought publishers for it through the Princeton project. 52 On his return to Germany this philosopher – whose primary trait may well have been his faithfulness to whatever his life, intellectual or otherwise, had once touched on – did not forget about his radio studies.

In the Vaudrin table of contents, the entry after the writings on music education is ‘Likes and Dislikes in Light-Popular Music’. 71 The long draft no longer exists and the latter may never have taken the exact shape planned. 72 It is an entirely complete and consistent essay. 75 ‘On Popular Music’ is the text that is included in this volume. However, since much of what was edited out of the first completed version is of substantial interest, and because Adorno clearly considered both texts publishable, the excluded material has been provided in accompanying footnotes.

Here we must avoid a fundamental misunderstanding. We do not intend to discuss the expression or meaning of the material which radio gives us. We are not speaking about the expression of the voice of the singer, transmitted to us by radio; nor do we speak of the meaning of the words of the commentator to whom we are listening. We are speaking about characteristics of the radio phenomenon as such, devoid of any particular content or material. We consider the way any voice or any instrumental sound is presented over the radio.

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