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Conclusions

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/9780520202160.003.0012
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This concluding chapter sum up the key findings of this study on the Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM), and the social and cultural character of the contemporary musical avant-garde, discussing the changes at the Institute from the 1970s to the 1990s that have both positive and negative dimensions. It highlights how IRCAM has managed to smooth out some of the practical and ideological obstacles to its functioning, just as some of its stranger rationalities have been mitigated. The chapter also expresses concern about how IRCAM can hold together its autonomy and its mixed economy of performative criteria.

Keywords: IRCAM; contemporary music; musical avant-garde; performative criteria; mixed economy

Chapter.  9208 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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