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Series: Religious Cultures of African and African Diaspora People
Published: 22 March 2019
DOI: 10.1215/9781478002116-007
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0211-6
Published: 01 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375494-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7549-4
... As the instrument of human perception, the body knows itself and the world. And yet the unmarked legal body in late capitalism is often reduced to an object that owns and consumes. Attention to sound, however, rehierarchizes the senses, reorienting the body such that new perceptions and new...
Published: 01 April 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7549-4
... the sound body sound knowledge sound affects listening acts barzakh ...
Series: Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
Published: 04 March 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374497-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7449-7
... This chapter explores improvisation as a methodology for the creation of community-engaged, site-specific sound art projects. It presents a case study of the international new media audio art project Community Sound [e]Scapes to investigate how improvisation can be used as an artistic and social...
Series: Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
Published: 04 March 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374497-013
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7449-7
... of that knowledge results in sound-making. All physical activities and experiences take part in shaping the body that in turn also functions as a musical instrument. Hence the sounding body offers an opportunity for a corporeal archeology. If the body is a repository of knowledge, then this knowledge will emerge...
Series: Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
Published: 04 March 2016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7449-7
... and passed on to those around us. Using this idea of potentially subconscious bodily knowledge, this investigation of improvisation examines how the body’s acting out of that knowledge results in sound-making. All physical activities and experiences take part in shaping the body that in turn also functions...
Series: Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
Published: 04 March 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374497-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7449-7
... experiences of those negotiations. The transformational potential of improvisation is contrasted with improvisational encounters in which sound overpowers and brutalizes subjects, marks the imposition of forced change, serves to consolidate hierarchies, or disperses bodies altogether. The chapter ends...
Series: Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
Published: 04 March 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374497-010
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7449-7
... Interdisciplinary artist David Rokeby’s landmark work, Very Nervous System (1986–2004), uses video surveillance technology, synthesizers, a sound system, computers, and image-processing software designed by Rokeby to translate movement into music and/or sound. Through an intuitive process...
Series: Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
Published: 04 March 2016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7449-7
... of embodied experiences of improvisation. Here, banding is employed as a case study on the interconnectedness of bodies through objects during improvisation, and as a profound, mindful practice of embodied expressivity. embodiment movement sound interconnect disorient Interdisciplinary artist...
Published: 01 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375494-019
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7549-4
... “Synthesis” is a term that refers to the composition of a new whole from discrete parts. This entry follows that term across cultural fields to examine the coemergence of sound synthesis techniques with nineteenth-century waveform representations of lively bodies in motion...
Series: Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
Published: 04 March 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374497-009
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7449-7
... of improvisation. Here, banding is employed as a case study on the interconnectedness of bodies through objects during improvisation, and as a profound, mindful practice of embodied expressivity. embodiment movement sound interconnect disorient ...
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...
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
... Chicago-based improviser Nicole Mitchell’s Xenogenesis Suite pays homage to the Afro-futurist science fiction of Octavia Butler. Mitchell and Butler invite listeners to question how bodies are shaped by and resistant to social and sexual hegemonies. Mitchell takes up Butler’s challenges...
Published: 21 July 2017
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373636-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7363-6
... This chapter considers the safety of the body and the issue’s underbelly, namely the necessary management of danger for migrant workers in violent times. Focusing on intracommunal struggles and their tense resolution—zooming in on one high-profile assassination—the ethnography shows dancers...
Series: Religious Cultures of African and African Diaspora People
Published: 10 June 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374084-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7408-4
... This chapter looks at Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and Toni Morrison’s Jazz , two novels that riff on the African American migration narrative, the movement of black bodies from the South to the North in the early part of the twentieth century. While this upward narrative promised...
Series: Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
Published: 04 March 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374497-008
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7449-7
... the “data” with a Disklavier Pro digital piano. In another twist, classical pianist Steven Mayer has transcribed, memorized, and performed a panoply of Tatum works for the past two decades. What role does the body play in these performances? What does its absence, in different forms for each case, tell us...
Series: Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
Published: 04 March 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374497-006
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7449-7
... on George E. Lewis’s concept of the Afrological and Vijay Iyer’s notion of microtiming, Robinson suggests that cognitive dissonances produced by latency in networked performance bring into relief the relationship of distant bodies in networked performance as well as ideas about a futurist vision of zero...
Series: Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
Published: 04 March 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374497-018
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7449-7
... as tropes of a political order presumably threatened by increasingly polarized social relations. The bicentennial’s cultural events created the conditions for the emergence, in symbolically charged public spaces, of bodies, voices, and memories often perceived as bearers of that social polarization...
Series: Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
Published: 04 March 2016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7449-7
...Technology and Embodiment This chapter explores the experience of improvisation as a process of listening that is first accessed by the nonverbal body and later understood by the verbal brain. A comparison is drawn between the time delay between evoked potentials and cognition (Libet...