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Music and War: An Overview

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on 2 April 2015

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Transcript of Music and War: An Overview

Music and War: An Overview
Music as a Weapon
Acoustic Bombardment
First mainstream attention in 1989, when US troops blared loud music in an effort to induce Panama's president to surrender
Directional speakers, Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), and Infrasound non-lethal systems
Music used in torture, sensory deprivation and as an intimidation weapon
“The fact that music I helped create was used in crimes against humanity sickens me.” Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine)
Lifting Spirits and Preserving Culture
Music helps to preserve a sense of humanity in war time

Case Study: Shostakovitch 7 in the Leningrad siege

Film: Shostakovitch vs. Stalin
Uses of Music in War
Pro-war music

Anti-war music

Music as a weapon

Lifting spirits/preserving culture


Unarmed resistance
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