Oh, it's going to be one of those weeks in my course of study. I've been given a new word: techoustemology. Yes, you read it rightly. Take epistemology, mash it up with acoustemology (sound, people, sound is knowledge, too) and then plug it in: tech-ous-tem-ology...Techoustemology.
Whatever shall I do with this word?
I know. It's an invented word, but theorists are trying to keep a conversation bounded by what has come before. How is it that we understand musical knowing/knowledge when it seems that technology is changing the social landscape? Or is it, instead, that technology is facilitating a pre-existing social reality and now we're all finally seeing what it really means to pass music around?
I don't know, but I'm willing to find out.
You can talk about your mp3's or you can talk about written notation. I like talking about hymnals as socialtech if I'm honest. Pass 'em around. Let the music be known.
Now, for the next question: is techoustemology an ethically neutral term?