Category: Academia

CFP: Tuning Speculation V: Vibratory (Ex)changes

Note: deadline extended to the 1st of August 17-19 November 2017, Toronto (Canada) Organized by The Occulture (David Cecchetto, Marc Couroux, Ted Hiebert, Eldritch Priest and Rebekah Sheldon) If the din of sonic and vibrational ontologies has catalyzed a salutary expansion of the vectors through which the world is (never) made sensible, it has also…

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Hildegard Westerkamp on Background Music

Yesterday, Hildegard Westerkamp shared this story on the Acoustic Ecology listserv, and I thought it might be worth sharing with a larger audience. Although I might not share Westerkamp’s views on the nature of listening (“But does anyone actually listen to the music  – or to the intent behind the music, for that matter?”), her…

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Will Schrimshaw – Infraesthetics

I found this talk Will Schrimshaw did at Tuning Speculation: Experimental Aesthetics and the Sonic Imaginary in 2013 – a conference that had a lot of talks by people whose work I am still getting acquainted with. The term infraesthetics is proposed in order to describe a prominent and `reductive’ domain of work that takes…

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Sonicity

During his talk last year at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal, Wolfgang Ernst mentions the concept of sonicity. This was the first time I’ve heard Ernst mention aspects of sound (aside from the few passages in Digital Memory and the Archive) and it got me excited. Especially since Ernst was a big influence…

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In flux

In the past week or so, I presented my PhD proposal to the other members of the Sound & Senses Research Group and wrote two articles about sound art and sonic warfare, respectively. The resulting discussions, feedback and introspection has made me reconsider my approach to the PhD proposal. My initial interest in sound art…

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Sound & Sensory Studies

The second meeting of the Colloquium for Sound & Sensory Studies kicks off on Thursday. This time, I will be presenting my PhD-research project proposal, while Stina Hasse and Rasmus Holmboe will lead a discussion and communal reading of “Veils,” the first chapter in Michel Serres’ The Five Senses. For my own presentation, I have…

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The Spectrum of Artistic Possibility

»Gradients (i.e., a spectrum) of light have long been rendered accessible through comparison of musical pitch with color; such ideas survive today in various understandings of sound color, synesthesia, and how color and sound might physically or metaphorically correlate through frequency. One hundred and thirty years ago, an editorial appeal was made by the respected…

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Vibrational Affect

This is the second in a series of posts concerning the theories of what Jonathan Sterne would call ‘sound students.’ This is my humble attempt to grasp the (no-longer-so-)budding field of sound studies and develop a theory of sonic affect. A few weeks ago, Steve Goodman visited Copenhagen to talk about Sonic Warfare and his…

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Sonic Materialism

This is the first in a series of posts concerning the theories of what Jonathan Sterne would call ‘sound students.’ This is my humble attempt to grasp the (no-longer-so-)budding field of sound studies and develop a theory of sonic affect. The exposé for my PhD is slowly coming together. Having re-read Christoph Cox’s Beyond Representation…

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Sound and Interaction Reading Circle

Stina Hasse and I have organised a reading circle at the University of Copenhagen for students and researchers. Through four meetings, the reading circle will dive into recent and historical texts within sound studies, interaction and sound art. With a flat hierarchical structure outside of the ordinary classroom setting, the participants will discuss readings and…

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