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Published: 01 January 2016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7482-4
... complex sounds tonic sounds precise pitch musique concrète cinema ...
Published: 01 January 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374824-006
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7482-4
... with precise pitch, and have overlooked or diminished the relevance of complex sounds, that is, those with nonperiodic frequency structures or variable pitch. Linguistic and cultural conventions further guide how we hear sounds as either noisy or noble. Acknowledging the constructive and constraining effect...
Published: 01 January 2016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7482-4
... the distinction within the musical domain between supposedly inherently musical sounds and noisy ones. Western musical theory and practice have privileged tonic sounds, that is, those with precise pitch, and have overlooked or diminished the relevance of complex sounds, that is, those with nonperiodic frequency...
Published: 01 January 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374824-007
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7482-4
... aspects of the world by making and modulating sounds. Ergo-audition covers a range of experiences, from simple feedback mechanisms (judging the fullness of a receptacle based on changes in harmonic timbre in a liquid being poured) to the psychological and perceptual complexities involved in hearing...
Published: 01 January 2016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7482-4
..., the thesis here is that linguistic description is actually the most effective pedagogical approach when it comes to analyzing sounds in all their complexity. This is in part because language does not pretend to capture sound totally in the way in which notation appears to do. The inadequacy of language...
Published: 01 January 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374824-013
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7482-4
... deemed unnotable sonic features. While various notation systems have been put forward to supplement the traditional Western notation, the thesis here is that linguistic description is actually the most effective pedagogical approach when it comes to analyzing sounds in all their complexity...
Published: 01 January 2016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7482-4
... or to control certain aspects of the world by making and modulating sounds. Ergo-audition covers a range of experiences, from simple feedback mechanisms (judging the fullness of a receptacle based on changes in harmonic timbre in a liquid being poured) to the psychological and perceptual complexities involved...
Published: 01 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375494-010
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7549-4
... This entry sets out to give a definition of “listening” and explores some of the manifold senses in which the term is used. It goes on to demonstrate the complexity of listening as a sensory activity and outlines key approaches to listening within sound studies, examining some...
Book Chapter

By Nicholas Sammond
Published: 17 August 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375784-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7578-4
... This chapter explores the role that cartoon minstrels played in the transition to sound in American commercial cinema. As a part of live extravaganzas staged with silent films in the 1920s or in the sing-along cartoons of the Fleischer studios, animation formed a bridge between the worlds...
Series: Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
Published: 04 March 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374497-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7449-7
..., Sensibility and Subjectivity, Gender and Trauma, and Representation and Identity. Drawing on theories of performativity (Judith Butler) and phenomenology (Harris Berger), improvisation is examined as a complex site of negotiation, whereby sound and music are heard as both the discursive signs and the embodied...
Published: 08 December 2023
DOI: 10.1215/9781478027775-006
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2777-5
... to write love letters to a Latinx classmate, Aster Flores, with whom Ellie is also in love. Letters and texts convey the psychic power of love, intimacy, and desire while becoming a way for these young people to navigate the various cultural complexes of their worlds. When Ellie and Aster meet in person...
Series: Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
Published: 04 March 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374497-012
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7449-7
... of meaning and identity as coherent and unitary, and they thereby open up the possibility for new forms of signification. Their performances assert a profound and complex connection between bodies, sensuality, and meaning. Fall on Your Knees also, however, situates the liberatory potential of improvised...
Published: 16 September 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373742-006
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7374-2
... The remarkable rise of the Tea Party and its project to make a specific economic narrative out of common sense provides the material for a second case study. According to this narrative, jobs are created by the rich; welfare payments simply reward moochers; and, in the distorted sound bite...
Book Chapter

By Nicholas Sammond
Published: 17 August 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375784-005
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7578-4
... This chapteroffers a detailed and careful analysis of how animation demonstrates the historical specificity, the continuities and discontinuities in racial formations. The transition to sound was ushered in by jazz music and jazz cartoons: fantastic representations of the imagined realms...
Series: Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
Published: 04 March 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374497-015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7449-7
..., the rhizomatic, the indeterminate. The complex and creatively enabling corporeality addressed in both text and music is materially sounded as black and maternal. For black women, motherhood is a strategic site of embodied political consciousness, of resistance, and of agency. Mitchell’s hybrid of composed...
Published: 27 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375425-009
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... by road manager Thomas Terrell, is presented as a kind of object lesson in the complexities of presenting an African band in America. Amid the heyday of “word music” and “Afropop,” this highly idiosyncratic band of Zimbabweans confront a barrage of cultural barriers. The unique power of their music...
Series: Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
Published: 04 March 2016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7449-7
... and feel. Her composition is a recombinant admixture of the transparently decipherable and the plural, the rhizomatic, the indeterminate. The complex and creatively enabling corporeality addressed in both text and music is materially sounded as black and maternal. For black women, motherhood is a strategic...
Series: ANIMA: Critical Race Studies Otherwise
Published: 30 September 2023
EISBN: 978-1-4780-2720-1
... adopts a logic of approximation of proximity as it sidles Black sociality and process philosophy. This approximation of proximity recognizes gaps and moves through them, interested in the differential that produces complexity. However, the overlap is hardly seamless. It is the seam, in fact...
Book Chapter

By Banning Eyre
Published: 27 April 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7542-5
... Brigade Thomas Mapfumo Shona Ndebele In this chapter, Mapfumo deals with the complexities of keeping his band on top within a fast-changing Zimbabwean music market, and developing an international reputation. Money is a constant issue, especially as Mapfumo family members become more and more...
Book Chapter

By Kate Crehan
Published: 16 September 2016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7374-2
..., jobs are created by the rich; welfare payments simply reward moochers; and, in the distorted sound bite into which Adam Smith’s complex argument has degenerated, all economic decisions are best left to the invisible hand of the market. Emerging suddenly and apparently out of nowhere, the Tea Party has...