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“Electric Music” on the Victorian Stage: The Forgotten Work of J.B. Schalkenbach

“Electric Music” on the Victorian Stage: The Forgotten Work of J.B. Schalkenbach This paper provides an overview of electrical pre-loudspeaker sound art in Victorian music halls, focusing on key figures, including one of the first female performers of an electrical musical instrument. Control of “acoustic incidents” separate from the artiste and the employment of artful presentation to create an aesthetic edifice—prerequisites of sound art—are apparent in the entertainments examined here. It is shown that the issues of today's sound art (in reconciling science with art, the coveting of the “active principle,” etc.) were also a concern in these early sound art ventures. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Leonardo Music Journal MIT Press

“Electric Music” on the Victorian Stage: The Forgotten Work of J.B. Schalkenbach

Leonardo Music Journal , Volume December 2013 (23) – Dec 1, 2013

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Publisher
MIT Press
Copyright
© 2013 ISAST
Subject
History and Criticism
ISSN
0961-1215
eISSN
1531-4812
DOI
10.1162/LMJ_a_00160
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Abstract

This paper provides an overview of electrical pre-loudspeaker sound art in Victorian music halls, focusing on key figures, including one of the first female performers of an electrical musical instrument. Control of “acoustic incidents” separate from the artiste and the employment of artful presentation to create an aesthetic edifice—prerequisites of sound art—are apparent in the entertainments examined here. It is shown that the issues of today's sound art (in reconciling science with art, the coveting of the “active principle,” etc.) were also a concern in these early sound art ventures.

Journal

Leonardo Music JournalMIT Press

Published: Dec 1, 2013

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