preservation and transmission: a participatory approach

Overall, my question was “what if the musical practices that we encounter and that we want to transmit cannot fit neatly into presentational forms or recordings?” Then we need to have a much different set of methods than those borrowed from typical musical education (aimed at presentation), stage performance, and recording (yes, even ethnomusicological field recording). Figuring out what those methods might be was the topic of the conversation I wanted to have with my colleagues at NTTU Continue Reading →

remediation and ethnographic sound work

although anthropologists would not generally confuse ethnography with documentary presentation, such a definition guides most sound work in the discipline. to broaden definitions of ethnographic sound work, i have been exploring what one could call a conceptual soundscape: rather than aiming for verisimilitude, these pieces create fantastic or impossible sounds that nonetheless explore an historically specific way of hearing Continue Reading →