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Free Content Unpicking the musical city: On Adam Krims’s Music and Urban Geography

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This essay reflects on Adam Krims’s Music and Urban Geography. The importance of this particular book, it is suggested here, is that it provides a deeply integrated analysis of the often overlooked interconnections between music and urban spaces. This essay looks across the arguments made in Music and Urban Geography and attempts to outline the key aspects of Krims’s approach and of the form of analysis that he explores. This piece argues that Krims’s book provides a model for developing sonically aware urban cultural studies. It uses Krims’s book as the basis for exploring a situated form of analysis in which the recursive relations between music and the city are understood within a set of complex and interwoven relations. As such, this piece uses Krims’s work as a guide to unpicking the musical city.

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Keywords: Adam Krims; city; music; sound; urban spaces

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of York, UK

Publication date: 01 March 2014

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  • Cities have been increasingly at the forefront of debate in both humanities and social-science disciplines, but there has been relatively little dialogue across these disciplinary boundaries. Journals in social-science fields that use urban-studies methods to look at life in cities rarely explore the cultural aspects of urban life in any depth or delve into close readings of the representation of cities in individual cultural products. As a platform for interdisciplinary scholarship from any and all linguistic, cultural and geographical traditions, the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies prioritizes the urban phenomenon in order to better understand the culture(s) of cities.
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