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Listening to technologically mediated music in film: Representations of social and solitary listening in Swedish cinema 1930–70

Journal article
Authors Tobias Pontara
Published in Svensk tidskrift för musikforskning
Volume 100
Pages 1-24
ISSN 0081-9816
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Cultural Sciences
Pages 1-24
Language en
Links musikforskning.se/stm-sjm/node/179
Keywords Swedish cinema; music technology; representation; social listening; solitary listening.
Subject categories Musicology

Abstract

Cinematic representations of musical listening may be understood as re ecting chang- ing listening practices in society at large. Proceeding from this assumption the article examines a variety of scenes from Swedish feature lms, all of them produced between 1930 and 1970, where characters are involved in different kinds of musical listening. Focussing speci cally on representations of technologically mediated musical listening, the article aims to show how sound reproduction technologies such as the radio and the gramophone were represented in relation to both social and solitary forms of listening in Swedish cinema during the period in question.

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