Political Ontologies of Music: Rethinking the Relationship between Music and Politics in the Twenty-First Century

ONTOMUSIC provides an innovative and interdisciplinary theoretical framework to analyse the political and ethical dimensions of contemporary art music in the twenty-first century. It explores the relationship between composers’ ethical concerns, political thought and ontological assumptions about music. These ontological assumptions are defined as personal or collective assertions about the nature and means of music and sound, which reveal our beliefs on what music is as well as what music can do or accomplish. ONTOMUSIC argues that integrating composers’ ontological assumptions about music into the exploration of their political or ethical commitments makes possible the study of a broader range of living composers and their views about ethical issues such as social justice, human rights and the environment.

Grant Value300000
Commencement Date / Completion Date1 April 2021 - 31 March 2024
Contributors Dr Luis Velasco-Pufleau (Principle Investigator)
Funders [164] Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (European Commission)
Keywordsontological assumptions, sound, sociotechnical imaginaries, politics, affect, music, silence, sonic archives, aural experiences, sound ecology, sound activism
Publications Velasco-Pufleau, Luis (2021). Music, Noise and Conflict: Sociotechnical Imaginaries, Acoustic Agency and Ontological Assumptions about Sound. Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 146(2), pp. 501-508. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/rma.2021.18
Velasco Pufleau, Luis Alberto (23 June 2022). Cartographies of Meaning: Can musicians stand for Ukraine without participating in propaganda? VAN Magazine VAN Verlag
Velasco-Pufleau, Luis (2022). La musique est-elle une arme de propagande comme les autres ? Réflexions sur l’écriture d’un texte d’opinion critique en contexte de guerre. Revue musicale OICRM, 9(1), pp. 181-193. Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et recherche en musique (OICRM) 10.7202/1090521ar

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