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The introduction presents the methodology of the book, which centers on psychoanalytic approaches to voice as part object and listening as distracted or wavering. This translates into a study that is not musicological or biographical but oriented, rather, to the Lacanian future perfect or Agambenian arkhé, emphasizing the unending and unpredictable interplay between the past and the present. The introduction explains the archive used in the book and provides a background of music in colonialism, which twentieth-century Puerto Rico illustrates in a gripping way.

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