Abstract and Keywords
The introduction to this volume describes the rationale behind the overall structure of the Handbook, starting with the question of how music and sound have become so important in recent developments in contemporary art. It discusses three aspects, which are reflected in the division of the volume into three sections. The first is the sensorial distinction between art and music; the second is the intangible physicality of sound waves, the raw material of music; and the third is music as a product of live performance. Suggesting a short survey of historical, aesthetic, theoretical, and technological developments, the introduction shows how these three pivotal cores are also threads that run through much of the volume in many different variations. It thus suggests a conceptual map of an audiovisual cultural space, emphasizing the way it creates physical comprehension of philosophical matters that are at the heart of modern and contemporary art in general.
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