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Phantom Limbs: On Musical Bodies

Peter Szendy


Music invents, constructs, and makes bodies. These are not only technical bodies—those prostheses and artefacts that instruments of music are—but also bodies living a strange life, bodies as strange as a hand with more than five fingers, feet that breathe like lungs, or long-distance touching without contact. In this book, organology, that self-respecting discipline that inventories sound-producing bodies, is questioned for its anthropocentric presuppositions. Beyond the rational descriptions where it inscribes instrumentalists, it is a matter of thinking the forms of hybridation and organ tra ... More

Keywords: body, musicology, organology, performance, philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780823267057
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823267057.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Szendy, author
University Paris X