Musical Experience of Non-Identical. Critique of T. Adorno’s Radio


  • Дэви Думбадзе Goethe-University
Keywords: Adorno, Hullot-Kentor, non-identical, music, aesthetic theory, radio, radio theory, media, culture industry, revised psychoanalysis


[In Russian]

The essay reviews Theodor W. Adorno’s radio theory in his
Current of Music and the works of Robert Hullot-Kentor from his
recent book Things Beyond Resemblance. Collected Essays on The-
odor W. Adorno. R. Hullot-Kentor’s publication includes studies
of over twenty years which deal with topics as manifold as ele-
ments of Adorno’s negative dialectic: his critique of Kierkegaard,
analysis of the dialectic of myth and reason, the founding of an
essay as a philosophical form, determination of the idea of natural
history. e main merit of Hullot-Kentor’s lucid works is his em-
phasis on Adorno’s aesthetic theory, his philosophy and sociology
of arts and music. R. Hullot-Kentor insightfully demonstrates
that Adorno’s critique of music in radio and culture industry, the
nucleus of which is developed in his early, fragmentary and un-
published Current of Music (reconstructed and edited by Hullot-
Kentor for Adorno-Archive’s edition of Nachgelassene Schriften),
is key to his radical critique of contemporary society of totalized
capital relation. In his essays, Hullot-Kentor captures the dialectic
between the possibility of experience of the non-identical in mu-
sical material and its rei¦cation as an object of ownership in a
society governed by commodi¦cation. Adorno’s radio criticism
refutes the detachment of technological and social relations as
two isolated domains or systems.


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Думбадзе, Д. (2020). Musical Experience of Non-Identical. Critique of T. Adorno’s Radio. Topos, (3), 206-221. Retrieved from