Foundation and Development of the Lifetime Soundtrack

The Lifetime Soundtrack - Music and Autobiographical Memory - Lauren Istvandity

Lauren Istvandity [+-]
Griffith University
Lauren Istvandity is Industry Research Fellow at the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, Griffith University, Queensland. She completed her doctoral studies on music and autobiographical memory at Griffith University in 2014. Prior to that she completed a Bachelor of Music Studies with Honours at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. She currently teaches within areas of sociology, cultural studies, and music psychology at Griffith University. Her research interests lie in the areas of music sociology, memory studies, and well-being. In 2016, Lauren began a post-doctoral project within an aged care facility in Brisbane, Queensland that pilots the use of music and reminiscence activities as a therapeutic tool for elderly and dementia-affected individuals.


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. Foundation and Development of the Lifetime Soundtrack. The Lifetime Soundtrack - Music and Autobiographical Memory. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Mar 2020. ISBN 9781781796290. Date accessed: 09 Dec 2018 doi: 10.1558/equinox.33119. Mar 2020

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