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(Re)sounding Cities: Urban Modernization, Listening, and Sounding Cultures in Colombia, 1886-1930.

Velasquez Ospina, Juan Fernando (2018) (Re)sounding Cities: Urban Modernization, Listening, and Sounding Cultures in Colombia, 1886-1930. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Urban contexts have attracted increasing attention in Ethnomusicology, the History of Science, Cultural and Urban Studies, and sound studies. However, and despite some recent studies focused on the experiences of sound and space in the Global South, the study of urban aural transformation is still restricted to North American and Western European cities. This dissertation contributes to those studies from musicological, sociological, and historical perspectives, studying the processes driving the transformation of the listening and sounding cultures in Colombian cities between 1886 and 1930, a period of early modernization of the country. Through the analysis of documentary sources including the press, maps, musical scores, travelogues, and legislation, this dissertation studies the Colombian postcolonial city as a case that illustrates relevant characteristics and contradictions within postcolonial soundscapes and urban modernization processes, revealing that multiple, contradicting, and changing understandings of sounding and listening were a significant part of the experience of urban modernization that shaped postcolonial cities.
The five chapters of this dissertation explore urban modernization and the transformations of cultures of listening and sounding in seven Colombian cities. By analyzing the semiprivate spaces of salons and ballrooms (chapter 2), the public spaces of squares and parks (chapter 3), the role of musical education and the reconfiguration of musical labor (chapter 4), and the changes introduced by the first forms of mechanical reproduction of music (chapter 5), this dissertation reveals that, while the elites and governmental institutions promoted listening and sounding as a means for establishing social order, the citizens’ experiences of urban spaces and technologies diverged from this instrumental use of sound in ways that transformed sounding and listening into means for contesting the disciplinary logic of the “modern urban space.” Thus, the Colombian case calls into question assumptions about urban modernization as a uniform linear process in which the adoption of technologies tends to create a unique ontology of sound, supported by the logic of technological advance and increased productivity.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Velasquez Ospina, Juan FernandoJuv10@pitt.eduJuv100000-0001-7868-8499
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRoot, Deane L.dlr@pitt.eduDLR0000-0002-0000-2263
Committee MemberAndrews, George R.reid1@pitt.eduREID10000-0002-5510-2456
Committee MemberBloechl, Oliviaolivia.bloechl@pitt.eduOBLOECHL0000-0003-1970-3841
Committee MemberSteingo,
Committee MemberCassaro, Jamescassaro@pitt.educassaro0000-0002-1337-3725
Date: 27 September 2018
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 12 April 2018
Approval Date: 27 September 2018
Submission Date: 23 July 2018
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 318
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Music
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban History, Colombian History, Sound Studies, Soundscape, Colombian Music, Latin American Studies.
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2018 23:19
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2018 23:19


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