About the Book
Ubiquitous Musics offers a multidisciplinary approach to the pervasive presence of music in everyday life. The essays address a variety of situations in which music is present alongside other activities and does not demand focused attention from (sometimes involuntary) listeners. The contributors present different theoretical perspectives on the increasing ubiquity of music and its implications for the experience of listening. The collection consists of nine essays divided into three sections: Histories, Technologies, and Spaces. The first section addresses the historical origins of functional music and the debates on how reproduced music, including a wide range of styles and genres, spread so quickly across so many environments. The second section focuses on more contemporary sound technologies, including mobile phones in India, the role of visible playback technology in film, and listening to portable digital players. The final section reflects on settings such as malls, stores, gyms, offices and cars in which ubiquitous musics are often present, but rarely thought about. This last section - and ultimately the whole collection - seeks to foster a wider understanding of listening practices by lending a fresh, critical ear.
About the Author: Marta GarcÃ-a Quiñones is a PhD candidate at the University of Barcelona, where she is preparing a thesis on music listening. In 2008 she edited the collection La mÃ°sica que no se escucha. Aprocimaxiones a la escucha ambiental. She is also a member of the international research network 'Sound in Media Culture: Aspects of a Cultural History of Sound' (2010-2013), funded by the German Research Foundation. Anahid Kassabian is the author of Ubiquitous Listening: Affect, Attention, and Distributed Subjectivity (2013) and Hearing Film (2001). Anahid is a past editor of Stanford Humanities Review and of Journal of Popular Music Studies, as well as a co-founding editor of Music, Sound, and the Moving Image and a past chair of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM). She serves on the Board of Directors of Aunt Lute Books, a feminist multicultural publisher, and the Board of Trustees of the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival, the oldest and largest festival of its kind in the UK. Elena Boschi is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Visual Communication at Liverpool Hope University. She completed her PhD on popular songs and cultural identities in contemporary Italian, Spanish and British cinema at the Institute of Popular Music (University of Liverpool) in 2011. She has published on songs in Radiofreccia (Luciano Ligabue, 1998), musical simulacra in Barrio (Fernando Léon de Aranoa, 1998) and the audiovisual style in the films of Wes Anderson (with Tim McNelis). Elena is also Translations Editor for the journal Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, and has published a translation of Ennio Morricone's essay 'A Composer Behind the Film Camera'.