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Conclusion: New Suns/Sounds

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The conclusion draws together key points of the book highlighting how “the new” is understood in a constant repetition and renegotiation of the past, not only as an actual past, but also as an imaginary past. That musicians imagine the past is seen in parallel with how they imagine the future, even if the sounds take place in the present. The book’s conclusion is thus in a sense that music is a technology for imagining different times—from the past to the present—as has been shown in the previous chapters.

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Steinskog, E. (2018). Conclusion: New Suns/Sounds. In: Afrofuturism and Black Sound Studies. Palgrave Studies in Sound. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

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