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Film, Music, Memory

Berthold Hoeckner


Film, Music, Memory demonstrates that cinema has shaped modern culture in part by changing its cultures of memory. Such change has rested in no small measure on the mnemonic powers of music. With the advent of film, music became involved in a new technology of audiovisual media, placing cultural knowledge in individual and collective memory. Through the capacity to reproduce temporal objects in sound recording and film, technology had advanced a novel mode of exteriorizing memory. This so-called “tertiary memory” (Bernard Stiegler) no longer tied acts of remembrance to the human body and made ... More

Keywords: film, music, memory, optical unconscious, optical-acoustic unconscious, tertiary memory, cinematic experience, Walter Benjamin, Miriam Hansen, Bernard Stiegler

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226649610
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226649894.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Berthold Hoeckner, author
University of Chicago