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Disembodiment: Reproduction, Transcription, And Trace

Einbond, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-1734-6641 (2018). Disembodiment: Reproduction, Transcription, And Trace. Tempo, 73(287), pp. 83-90. doi: 10.1017/s0040298218000694


This article poses the question, what is so great about the body? Recent scholarship has emphasized the concept of an embodied cognition and reminded us of the significance of embodiment in musical performance. Yet, vital as these observations may be, they offer only a limited view of what ‘touch’ can mean. Following the semiotic notion of the index as a sign with a real connection to its object, writers and artists such as Friedrich Kittler, Ai Weiwei, Kenneth Goldsmith and Nicolas Donin have reflected on how the reproductions of the gramophone needle, the calligrapher's brush, the blogger's keyboard, and the programmer's code can trace meaningful points of contact. Examples from my own practice illustrate some of the many possible ways that digital traces can be touching.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been published in a revised form in 'Tempo' This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © Cambridge University Press 2018.
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Performing Arts > Music
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