Displacing the Past. Mediated Nostalgia and Recorded Sound

Roy, Elodie (2014) Displacing the Past. Mediated Nostalgia and Recorded Sound. Volume !, 11 (1). pp. 145-158. ISSN 2117-4148

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The audio past of the 20th century, as it is stored in both material and digital collections, is largely and almost effortlessly accessible to contemporary audiences. The recycling or revival of former musical pasts seems to be an inescapable and familiar reality (Reynolds, 2011). In light of two case studies borrowed from contemporary British audio culture, I determine how nostalgia has become a strong, yet paradoxical, shaping practice for contemporary independent record labels. The first case study is dedicated to Ghost Box records and examines the prevailing practices of hauntology and sampling. The second case study focuses on hyper-specialised British reissue record label Finders Keepers, which help to salvage and rehabilitate semi-forgotten recordings from bygone eras. In this article, the notion of nostalgia is constructed as a relevant dimension of contemporary audio cultures rather than its superficial (or fashionable) correlative. The links between early phonography as a technology of early presence and the rise of nostalgia are also discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: collection, heritage, sampling, phonography, label
Subjects: W300 Music
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2021 14:28
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 11:03
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/46389

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