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Sonic Figurations for the Anthropocene: A Musical Bestiary in the Compositions of Liza Lim

Browning, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-7013-7959 and Lim, L. (2021). Sonic Figurations for the Anthropocene: A Musical Bestiary in the Compositions of Liza Lim. Journal of the Royal Musical Association,

Abstract

This article presents a musical bestiary, a collection of creatures found in the work of the composer Liza Lim. It is a thought experiment, meant to unsettle current ways of thinking about music and its relationship with the world. Centring our discussion on sonic figurations rather than on a composer’s works, we experiment with alternative musical ontologies and consider their lessons for understanding the role of contemporary art in a time of ecological breakdown. Thinking of Lim’s musical creations in terms of strange beasts inhabiting the Anthropocene draws out a range of themes – including uncanny ventriloquism, performerinstrument symbiosis, theatricalisation and the everyday, musical ourning and witnessing – that might help make sense of the sensory and conceptual derangements of our time. The prose style and nonlinear format are likewise experimental, intended as provocations that we might read and write otherwise about music in the Anthropocene.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Journal of the Royal Musical Association. Browning, J. and Lim, L. (2021). Sonic Figurations for the Anthropocene: A Musical Bestiary in the Compositions of Liza Lim. Journal of the Royal Musical Association. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Music
Date available in CRO: 17 Sep 2021 14:56
Date deposited: 17 September 2021
Date of acceptance: 1 September 2021
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/26776
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