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Sound bites: music as violence

O'Connell, John M. ORCID: 2020. Sound bites: music as violence. Transposition 9 (2) 10.4000/transposition.4524

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In this essay, I interrogate the ideas that concern music and violence which are presented by scholars in this Transposition special issue. Although each article is very different, common themes emerge. I interpolate these with reference to my own research into the sounds of music in the Gallipoli Campaign (1915-1916). Following Nikita Hock, I examine the notion of metaphor as it relates to underground hideouts in a war zone. Following Victor A. Stoichita, I look at how music affords distinctive pathways in the fulfilment of or disengagement from acts of violence. Following Sarah Kay, I examine the ways in which contrafactum helps clarify the ambivalent positionality of Allied recruits in a foreign campaign. I also refer to Kay’s notion of “extimacy” when interpreting expressionist representations of warfare in the Dardanelles.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Additional Information: The Transposition journal is made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License .
ISSN: 2110-6134
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 December 2020
Date of Acceptance: 15 July 2020
Last Modified: 02 May 2023 18:30

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