Music and the Broadcast Experience explores the complex ways in which music and broadcasting have developed together throughout the twentieth and into the twenty-first centuries. It brings into dialogue researchers working in media and music studies; explores and develops crucial points of contact between studies of music in radio and music in television; and investigates the limits, persistence, and extensions of music broadcasting in the Internet era. The book presents a series of case studies that address key moments and concerns in music broadcasting, past and present, written by leading scholars in the field, who hail from both media and music studies.
Unified by attentiveness both to musical sound and meaning and to broadcasting structures, practices, audiences, and discourses, the chapters in this collection address the following topics: the role of live orchestral concerts and opera in the early development of radio and their relation to ideologies of musical uplift; the relation between production culture, music, and television genre; the function of music in sponsored radio during the 1930s; the fortunes of musical celebrity and artistic ambition on television; questions of music format and political economy in the development of online radio; and the negotiation of space, community, and participation among audiences, online and offline, in the early twenty-first century. The collection's ultimate aim is to explore the usefulness and limitations of broadcasting as a concept for understanding music and its cultural role, both historically and today.
Christina Baade is Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Music at McMaster University and author of Victory Through Harmony: The BBC and Popular Music in World War II (OUP 2012). James A. Deaville is Professor of Music at Carleton University and editor of Music in Television: Channels of Listening (2011).
"A landmark in the intersection of music and media studies, this volume brings together a stellar collection of top scholars in the field whose expertise in both musicology and media studies combines into a must-read for all who care about the way that music is experienced, yesterday and today."
--Michele Hilmes, Professor Emerita, Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Tracing an arc across early radio transmission, television, and Internet diffusion, Music and the Broadcast Experience presents lucid and illuminating evidence that 'musical meaning is produced through mediation.' The book's mastery of historical detail and sophisticated analysis of contemporary musical broadcasting is a testament to editors Christina Baade and James Deaville's deep understanding of the issues and the stakes involved. This will be a 'go-to' resource among music and media scholars for years to come."
--Murray Forman, Northeastern University, author of One Night on TV is Worth Weeks at the Paramount: Popular Music on Early Television