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Seth Cluett

Department of Music - Composition
scluett@princeton.edu

Seth Cluett is studying the ways in which acoustic projection technologies function within an aesthetic framework both at the level of artistic projection and reception history. As an augmentation to and amplification of music and speech, the loudspeaker brings auditory content into the public domain in the form of rallies, musak, portable music players, and the radio, to name only a few. Does the sound produced by a loudspeaker change the way the source is understood? What are the social and aesthetic implications of the loudspeaker's ability to project over substanital (geographic, political, cultural) distances? The ubiquitous presence of the loudspeaker is outweighed only by its comparative absence in media critical literature. To a certain extent, this absence of critical pressure on the social and aesthetic implications of acoustic technologies has rendered them (quite falsely) neutral objects. In his research, Cluett questions the neutrality of the technology by considering the loudspeaker as a political apparatus, a device in service to and as an extension of the political/public voice. (2008)

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