9780520202160-0520202163-Rationalizing Culture: IRCAM, Boulez, and the Institutionalization of the Musical Avant-Garde (Association)

Rationalizing Culture: IRCAM, Boulez, and the Institutionalization of the Musical Avant-Garde (Association)

ISBN-13: 9780520202160
ISBN-10: 0520202163
Edition: First
Author: Born, Georgina
Publication date: 1995
Publisher: University of California Press
Format: Paperback 392 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780520202160
ISBN-10: 0520202163
Edition: First
Author: Born, Georgina
Publication date: 1995
Publisher: University of California Press
Format: Paperback 392 pages

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Acknowledged authors Born, Georgina wrote Rationalizing Culture: IRCAM, Boulez, and the Institutionalization of the Musical Avant-Garde (Association) comprising 392 pages back in 1995. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0520202163 and 9780520202160. Since then Rationalizing Culture: IRCAM, Boulez, and the Institutionalization of the Musical Avant-Garde (Association) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Anthropologist Georgina Born presents one of the first ethnographies of a powerful western cultural organization, the renowned Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris. As a year-long participant-observer, Born studied the social and cultural economy of an institution for research and production of avant-garde and computer music. She gives a unique portrait of IRCAM's composers, computer scientists, technicians, and secretaries, interrogating the effects of the cultural philosophy of the controversial avant-garde composer, Pierre Boulez, who directed the institute until 1992.

Born depicts a major artistic institution trying to maintain its status and legitimacy in an era increasingly dominated by market forces, and in a volatile political and cultural climate. She illuminates the erosion of the legitimacy of art and science in the face of growing commercial and political pressures. By tracing how IRCAM has tried to accomodate these pressures while preserving its autonomy, Born reveals the contradictory effects of institutionalizing an avant-garde.

Contrary to those who see postmodernism representing an accord between high and popular culture, Born stresses the continuities between modernism and postmodernism and how postmodernism itself embodies an implicit antagonism toward popular culture.

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