• Analog in the Age of Digital Reproduction: Audiophilia, Semiaura and the Cultural Memory of the Phonograph

    Author(s):
    Anthony Adler (see profile)
    Date:
    2012
    Group(s):
    TC Philosophy and Literature, TM Literary and Cultural Theory
    Subject(s):
    Adaptation
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    #walterbenjamin, #technology, #record
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6RT20
    Abstract:
    "analyses the spectral presence of the phonograph within a digital omnipresence: its afterlife as a material echo of the past... Analyzing audiophilia--- basically a desire for material presence --- in the apparently disembodied age of the digital, Adler shows how the former is as it were animated as aura by the effects of the latter (infinite simulation). New media do not merely refashion or repurpose but in fact produce old media... As Adler argues, analog mediation (vinyl) becomes auratic in the Benjaminian sense of the term due to its dysfunctionality: its very limitations and imperfections that render it sens(i)bly material. This dysfunctionality only comes to the fore as a trace of a materiality in relation to the allegedly disembodied recordings and archivings on the net." From "Introduction," Kiene Brillenburg Wurth, p. 11-12.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    6 months ago
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