The Social Life of Sound

  • Sophia Maalsen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Sophia Maalsen
    Pages 1-17
  3. Sophia Maalsen
    Pages 19-58
  4. Sophia Maalsen
    Pages 93-141
  5. Sophia Maalsen
    Pages 143-171
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 247-267

About this book


The Social Life of Sounds argues for the agency of sounds and music and the acceleration of their social lives in the Digital Age. Drawing upon research with composers, producers, record collectors, DJs and record labels, the book problematises the notion of artistic authorship as it is framed in Western systems of property. Acknowledging that ‘things’ – sounds, samples, and recorded music – and people are co-constituted and that personhood is distributed through things and their reuse, Maalsen makes a case for understanding sound as multibiographical and challenges the possessive individual that is the basis of artistic copyright.


music and landscape music geographies feminist philosophy humans/nonhumans sound studies sensory studies cultural heritage music making practices museology popular music studies Goyte more-than-human cultural geography Smithsonian Folkways Sing Sing records Music as cultural heritage music sampling Sound as material culture

Authors and affiliations

  • Sophia Maalsen
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Architecture, Design and PlanningUniversity of SydneyCamperdownAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-3452-8
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-3453-5
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