Introduction: cultural imaginaries, musical communities, reflexive practices

Allen Chun and Ned Rossiter



Since the mid-nineteenth century a country's music has become a political ideology by stressing national characteristics, appearing as a representative of the nation, and everywhere confirming the national principle … Yet music, more than any other artistic medium, expresses that national principle's antinomies as well.

(Adorno cited in Gilroy 1993: 72)

In the modern era, western music culture is fragmented.

(Born 1987: 51)

Music is more than an object of study: it is a way of perceiving the world.

(Attali 1985: 4)


There is little doubt that with the advent of new information and communication technologies there has been an intensification ...

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