Chapter

Prehistory

Born Georgina

in Rationalizing Culture

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 1995 | ISBN: 9780520202160
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916845 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520202160.003.0003
Prehistory

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This chapter examines musical modernism in relation to the Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM). It shows that the major characteristics of IRCAM culture are prefigured not only by musical modernism, but by significant features of modernist art in general, and suggests that the evolution of musical modernism must be understood within the context of broader cultural-historical forces. The chapter characterizes modernism and postmodernism in music, and considers experimental musical as musical postmodernism.

Keywords: musical modernism; IRCAM; modernist art; cultural-historical forces; experimental music; musical postmodernism

Chapter.  9773 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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