Foundations and Development of the Lifetime Soundtrack

The Lifetime Soundtrack - Music and Autobiographical Memory - Lauren Istvandity

Lauren Istvandity [+-]
Griffith University
Dr Lauren Istvandity is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University. Her research interests spans popular music, memory, critical heritage studies, and ethnography. Her most recent work looks to the heritage of jazz music in Queensland, where she collects memory narratives and ephemera for archival preservation. She is the co-editor of Routledge Companion to Popular Music History and Heritage (Routledge 2018).


In this chapter I will further develop the original concept of the Lifetime Soundtrack as the framework to better discuss and theroise musically motivated autobiographical memories. With reference to interview narratives, the chapter will firstly demonstrate the inception of the Lifetime Soundtrack as it occurs within early childhood. The development of the soundtrack is then shown to be effected throughout childhood, adolescence and adulthood by a number of influences both within and external to the self, including family and friends. Stories from participants exemplify the changing use of music throughout a lifetime, illustrating the significant effect that the passing of time has on musical memories. The chapter introduces ideas of home, space and place, and identity as key factors that can be linked to the development of the Lifetime Soundtrack. The chapter describes the changing ways in which the Lifetime Soundtrack is engaged with and reflected upon throughout the life course as evidenced in memory narratives from participants of different ages and generations.

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Istvandity, Lauren. Foundations and Development of the Lifetime Soundtrack. The Lifetime Soundtrack - Music and Autobiographical Memory. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Sep 2019. ISBN 9781781796290. Date accessed: 23 Apr 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.33119. Sep 2019

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