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„New China, New Sounds“ - Listening to the Chairman as Revolutionary Experience

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Andreas Steen - Oplægsholder

Abstract: The founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 was followed by a re-organization of the country’s musical industry, its musical content, production and dissemination. The new repertoire and its messages were spread nationwide, in an attempt to gradually dominate, if not replace, the previous world of Chinese musical sound and lyrical content.
This paper looks into the history of sound production and control in New China, and seeks to explore people’s reaction to the changing soundscape: How – and to what effect – did people listen to the sounds and voices of New China and, in later years, especially to that of Mao Zedong? Inspired by the approach to consider engaged music listening itself as a form of creative activity, or even practice of composition, listening shall be understood as an important revolutionary experience that not only shaped peoples’ identities and daily routines, but may also offer a new perspective on the recent popularity of “red songs”.
The paper will present two different perspectives on practices of “listening”: First, it will present an overview of possible sounds that people could have listened to via the newly installed broadcasting system. Secondly, the paper will turn to exemplary official cases like the “model operas” and also address alternative forms of listening. Based on written accounts and interviews carried out in China, it will discuss how meaning was attributed to this changing soundscape and shed new light on the relationship of propaganda and everyday life in times of revolution.
23 mar. 2013

Begivenhed (Konference)

TitelAmerican Association of Asian Studies
BySan Diego


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