The Listener in Modernity. Medialization and Anthropologization in Conceptions of Music around 1900

In 1877, the invention of the phonograph sparks the era of musical reproduction technologies, followed by the invention of the gramophone just ten years later. With the phonograph and the gramophone come the first experiences with technical-medial recording, storing, and playback of music. At the same time, the beginning of the medialization of music in the 19th century initiates the development of a scientific perspective from which music is seen as a product of human perception and thus experiences an anthropologization. Here, the reproduction technologies become a point in which anthropologization and medialization intersect: the new media change the modern order of knowledge.

This PhD thesis explores this development’s effects on the perceptions of music in the fields of ‘science,’ ‘media,’ and ‘the arts’ between 1880 and 1930. It focusses on these two tendencies—the medialization and the anthropologization of music—and investigates their relation.

ZfL Doctoral Fellowship 2011–2014
Head researcher(s): Frauke Fitzner

Publications

Frauke Fitzner

Der hörende Mensch in der Moderne
Medialität des Musikhörens um 1900

Wallstein, Göttingen 2021, 572 pages
ISBN 978-3-8353-5065-6
Frauke Fitzner (ed./eds.)

Tempo! Zeit- und Beschleunigungswahrnehmung in der Moderne

Interjekte 5
2014, 51 pages
DOI 10.13151/IJ.2014.05

Frauke Fitzner

  • “Das eigene Hören hören – Beobachtung und Selbstbeobachtung in Carl Stumpfs Untersuchungen zur Verschmelzung,” in: Erwägen Wissen Ethik 26 (2015), 30–32

Contributions

Lecture by Frauke Fitzner: “Die Notwendigkeit, die Werke rascher zu interpretieren.” Musik, Technik und Beschleunigung
held on 4 Jun 2013 as part of the ZfL lecture series accompanying the exhibition Tempo! Tempo! Im Wettlauf mit der Zeit at Museum für Kommunikation Berlin

broadcast in: Deutschlandradio Wissen, program Hörsaal, 23 Feb 2014