By Babette Babich
This e-book reports the operating efficacy of Leonard Cohen's track Hallelujah within the context of modern community tradition. specifically as recorded on YouTube, k.d. lang's interpretation(s) of Cohen's Hallelujah, embrace acoustically and visually/viscerally, what Nietzsche named the 'spirit of music'. this day, the operating of song is magnified and reworked via recording dynamics and mediated through fb exchanges, weblog postings and video websites. Given the sexual/religious center of Cohen's Halleluja, this examine poses a phenomenological interpreting of the objectification of either women and men, elevating the query of hope, together with gender concerns and either gay and heterosexual hope. A evaluation of serious wondering musical functionality as 'currency' and fed on commodity takes up Adorno's analyzing of Benjamin's research of the murals within the age of mechanical replica as utilized to music/radio/sound and the continual function of 'recording consciousness'. eventually, the query of what Nietzsche referred to as the becoming-human-of-dissonance is explored by way of either historic tragedy and Beethoven's impressive deployment of dissonance as Nietzsche analyses either as fidgeting with agony, discontent, and soreness itself, a taking part in for the sake no longer of language or feel yet musically, as pleasure.