- Series: Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
- Hardcover: 324 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (June 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409449602
- ISBN-13: 978-1409449607
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,290,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hallelujah Effect: Philosophical Reflections on Music, Performance Practice, and Technology (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series) 1st Edition
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'... her primary focus is the meaning of dissonance, whether in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Wagner's Tristan lind Isolde, or Cohen's broken chords. The message of all three works is that harmony is an illusion, while tragedy and pain lead to truth.' The Beethoven Journal 'Babette Babich practices philosophical inquiry in the classroom. With The Hallelujah Effect she has brought her musings on philosophy and music to the world. If the role of a philosopher is to give us much to think about, Babich certainly accomplishes this in her book. From its first pages, The Hallelujah Effect is filled with ideas'. Rock Music Studies '... in The Hallelujah Effect Babich presents a wealth of thoughts on the engagement between philosophy and music, and it is in her appraisals of Adorno and Nietzsche that the strengths of the book become apparent'. Musicology Australia '... this is a thought-provoking book that seeks to understand our current media culture within a philosophical context. Babich's observations and conclusions are compelling ...' Canadian Association of Music Libraries Review
About the Author
Babette Babich is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University in New York City. She is author, among other books, of La fin de la pensée? Philosophie analytique contre philosophie continentale (2012) and Words in Blood, Like Flowers: Philosophy and Poetry, Music and Eros in HÃ¶lderlin, Nietzsche and Heidegger (2006). Editor of eight book collections, she is also executive editor of New Nietzsche Studies.
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It took me nine days to read (unusual) as I had to take breaks from the mental workouts; here are my notes on the book:
-- Begin Hallelujah Effect notes:
"The Hallelujah Effect
Eidetic - pertaining to visual imagery vividly experienced and readily reproduced
S. hoax - Academic who illustrated that playing to the fancies of a scientific editorial board allowed nonsense to be published(Peer review - still presents a paradox, prevents genuinely new ideas)
Adorno - German philosopher who examined the implications of radio broadcast and it's effect on people; not much has changed(Princeton Radio Project)
... don't get one theory; how could Beethoven have heard music corrupted via loudspeaker (timeline)?
KD Lang - performer with a powerful voice, who crosses gender boundaries and capitalizes (literally) on the Hallelujah Effect.
Characters from the story whom I know:
Holgar Schmidtt, German philosopher thinker
David Allison, groovy philosopher King*
Tracy B. Strong, political philosopher; likes General Tsao's chicken and General Tsao too**
"ProofCopy" watermark reaches entropy and achieves critical mass about halfway through the book, a watermark removal tool is in order (I had the pleasure of reading the ProofCopy).
The footnotes: they cannot be ignored; they are vast and also tell stories and cultivate the identities of the other characters - I've never seen footnotes like these in any other book.
Telefunken Arcolette - a three tube radio using Triodes!
Not surprised SONY demands payment for fair use considering their view of fair use is ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO SONY:
10-12 years ago playing a SONY BMG CD in your PC would install a SONY rootkit providing them will full access to your PC and to search it for mp3's and whatever else; this caused havoc in the corporate world (they didn't want SONY to have all their base) and SONY blamed the tech firms they employed.
WHAT YOU SAY!!! Since a portion of the rootkit consisted of stolen open source code that has to be free via its public license they do not understand copyright when someone else is holding it; all your copyright are belong to SONY :)
Saint Ambrose and Agustine (214) who are they?
Aurielius Abrosius - Bishop of Milan, gave away his property to the poor, leveraged his legal skills to turn the tables on the politicians who sponsored him.
Blessed Augstine - Patron saint of Brewers, printers and theologians who alleviates sore eyes (great if you've read the watermark copy); taught salvation, divine grace.
Vergegenwartigung - experience of making present or realisation - like Farfagnugen is driving experience.
*argues that Nietzsche believes music intoxicates, causes a Dionysian state; focus on dissonance (but this is unpleasant music then)
>> Adorno made similar claims about Jazz
**argues Nietzsche waxes Wagnerian (223); Nietzsche and politics (247),Nietzsche and political theory, taking seriously (269) What is with the dissonance focus? Did Nietzsche like Schaunberg?
233 - this is increasingly getting harder to read...
237... again the Adorno reference to Beethoven hearing loudspeakers - timeline?
OK got it - Adorno's reference is about Beethoven hearing a symphony in anything other than a concert hall; degredation.
!***finally I've found a reference I expected, Schoenberg it was (240)! Not so fond of him; Charles Ives much better; dissonance made pleasant.
Eleusinian? (258) - Secret rites of the ancient Greeks (Eleusis)
Schopenhauer, Arthur - another philosopher (the World and Will)
!! Babette is writing German footnotes on page 275; ok, skipping these obviously, but read a few sentences anyway because German is cool sounding.
The book ends with references to the dreaming god (Buddhism) and reflections on technology again; it's beguiling immersion and the accompanying loss of awareness of all too real, real world events;
Overview: This is a very advanced book for professors and scholars; for those students that make it through and persevere the book will stimulate and increase cognitive function (but most students will not read the book, will skim and miss).
-- end Hallelujah Effect Notes