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  • Music, Media, and Subjectivity: On The Limits of Determinism
  • Vallee, Mickey
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  • music, media, subjectivity, lacan, music technology, phonograph, recording techniques, mashups, nostalgia, zizek
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  • Thesis
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  • This thesis explores the limitations of determinism in regards to music, media, and the constitution of subjectivity. Its methodological resource is derived from a synthesis between media ecology, social psychoanalysis, and music semiotics. The case studies describe the incorporation of nostalgia into popular music ballads, the domestication of the phonograph, the contemporary trend of mashups, and the studio technique of backmasking. The conclusion asks that we readjust our approach to music, media, and subjectivity to account for the possibility of creative acts that are bound within a network of determinants. I use, finally, the writings of Maurice Merleau-Ponty to explore the body as a primary site of indeterminate mediation, which renders possible for the subject a potential of creative embodied expression.
  • Doctoral
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Department of Music and Department of Sociology
  • Spring 2010
  • Henry Klumpenhouwer (Music)
    Rob Shields (Sociology)
  • Leo Mos (Psychology)
    Will Straw (Art History & Communication, McGill)
    Doug Aoki (Sociology)
    Jan Jagodzinsky (Secondary Education)


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