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Mapping Sound Studies

How do the different projects everyone is working on intersect with particular approaches to the study of sound and sonic culture?  We might use this space on the blog to work through some of the theoretical questions that are emerging … Continue reading

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Fred Moten, Kimberly Benston

How does the reading of black performance as an “ongoing improvisation of a kind of lyricism of the surplus, (26)” that Moten suggests in his chapter “The Sentimental Avant-Garde,” relate to Kimberly Benston’s formulation of black music as, “at once … Continue reading

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Coming Through Slaughter

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2/28 Seminar Notes

Part one: Sir Duke, Morrison, and Jazz Sensibilities For our first class session of Morrison’s Jazz, we began quite fittingly by listening to music. Specifically, we began our class soundtrack with the help of Duke Ellington, whose music permeated the … Continue reading

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2/21 Seminar Notes

In our seminar this week we discussed Erna Brobder’s Louisiana. Carter began class by playing Jamaican folk music and examples of dub. The folk music was of interest because of how African retention and cultural memory come together with new … Continue reading

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2/14 Seminar Notes

Our seminar meeting focused on readings from Cane specifically “Karintha” and “Kabnis” as well as selected chapters from Houston Baker’s Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance and the musical composition of Marion Brown with reading of “Karintha” by poet Bill Hassan. … Continue reading

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2/7 Seminar Notes

Meeting at the Crossroads (2/7) I. (Resonances. Miles Davis, Robert Johnson, Foucault, Ray Charles.) “History is a songbook for anyone who would listen to it” (Schafer 30). “Racialized logic confines some sounds to particular colour-coded bodies but music offers what … Continue reading

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