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Memory recalled. In search for phonic mnemotopos

Author(s): Robert Losiak
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: audiosphere; bells; bugle calls; commemoration; phonic mnemotopos; silence; sirens

Summary/Abstract: This article is concerned with the presence of sounds and phonic rituals in the tradition of commemoration. Commemoration expressed by sounds is a particularly vivid and full of expression experience of memory. In phonic commemoration rituals sound experience seems to be as essential as time experience. Direct reception and perception of sound is connected with a particular, specific moment in time. There are many kinds of sound experience that are present in various forms of commemoration rituals. Musical phenomena (such as songs, bugle calls, hymns), but also sound phenomena (for example bells, sirens) as well as silence can be pointed out here. The principal part of the presented article contains a discussion of some of these phenomena within the context of contemporary Polish tradition of remembrance. In this context, those forms of commemoration that are associated with national martyrdom, wars and uprisings, merit special attention.

  • Issue Year: 12/2012
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 141-152
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish