Worn Grooves: Affective Connectivity, Mobility and Recorded Sound in the First World War

TitleWorn Grooves: Affective Connectivity, Mobility and Recorded Sound in the First World War
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsRoy, Elodie A.
JournalMedia History
Volume24
Issue1
Pagination26 - 45
Date Published02/2018
Abstract

Drawing from visual, material and written archival sources, this article critically explores some of the functions, uses and perceived values of recorded sound during the First World War and in its aftermath. An instrument of communication as well as commemoration, the gramophone helped bridge geographical (and, in some cases, cultural) distances between the home front and the rear, providing civilians with the fleeting illusion of presence, proximity, or even sentimental communion with the front. The article analyses (a) the affective and connective, but also propagandist, values of commercial wartime recordings as they circulated between the home and the front, (b) the popular notion of gramophones as regulatory instruments of civilisation, (c) the commemorative exploitations of recorded sound in the interwar period. The article focuses on the British experience, contrasting it with examples drawn from French and German experiences. [From the Author]

URLhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13688804.2016.1190639
Short TitleMedia History
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