Musicians and the lifetime soundtrack

Creation and perception of musically motivated autobiographical memories


  • Lauren Istvandity Griffith University



musician, autobiography, memory, performance, embodiment, identity


In addition to encountering music in everyday situations, musicians perform, compose, arrange, contemplate, and study music in a way that is integral to their everyday lives. This paper draws together ideas of autobiographical memory and musicianship via an examination of the ways in which musicians create and interpret musically triggered autobiographical memories. Using original interview narratives, the paper argues that the dual roles of producer and consumer typically played by musicians contribute to a specialised relationship between music and memory for this group. This includes discussions of concepts of identity, creative labour, emotion, and embodiment that combine to produce particular interactions for individuals.

Author Biography

Lauren Istvandity, Griffith University

Lauren Istvandity is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, Griffith University. Her research interests are concentrated in memory studies, cultural studies and popular music heritage.


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How to Cite

Istvandity, L. (2017). Musicians and the lifetime soundtrack: Creation and perception of musically motivated autobiographical memories. Perfect Beat, 18(1), 48–67.