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Hagley Research SeminarHagley Research Seminar Copeland Room, Hagley Museum and Library<p>David Suisman, University of Delaware </p><a href="https://www.hagley.org/research/research-seminar-david-suisman">Sonic Warfare: Military Music, Labor, and Technology Since the Civil War</a><p>David Suisman, University of Delaware </p><a href="https://www.hagley.org/research/research-seminar-david-suisman">Sonic Warfare: Military Music, Labor, and Technology Since the Civil War</a><p> </p><p>In 2015, the U.S. military spent approximately $435 million on music—nearly three times as much as the entire budget of the National Endowment for the Arts. This paper puts such an investment in historical perspective by examining the character and impact of military music-making in the United States in the last 150 years. With special attention to the ways that music by and for soldiers has enhanced military labor, it analyzes the multiple functions music has had for the military, the varied technologies through which music has been made and heard, and the social implications for using music as an instrument of warfare. Drawing on the sociology of labor, the history of emotions, and extensive archival research, this paper considers soldiers’ experiences as singers, musicians, and audiences to show how music has worked as both a tool of manipulation (of soldiers) and of self-preservation (by soldiers).</p><p>Attendees are encouraged to read Suisman's paper, "Sonic Warfare: Military Music, Labor, and Technology Since the Civil War," which may be obtained by contacting Carol Lockman at <a href="mailto:clockman@Hagley.org">clockman@Hagley.org</a>. </p><p>Free, reply requested, call (302) 658-2400, ext. 243, or email Carol Lockman at <a href="mailto:clockman@Hagley.org">clockman@Hagley.org</a>.</p>12/12/2019 11:30:00 PM12/13/2019 1:30:00 AMFalse

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