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Series: Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
Published: 24 April 2020
DOI: 10.1215/9781478009122-010
EISBN: 978-1-4780-0912-2
Book Chapter

By Allison McCracken
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 02 September 2015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7532-6
... microphone singing sound technologies mass media radio vocal performance ...
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 02 September 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375326-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7532-6
..., including Vaughn De Leath, Gene Austin, Whispering Jack Smith, and Waring’s Pennsylvanians. microphone singing sound technologies mass media radio vocal performance ...
Book Chapter

By Jean Ma
Published: 13 May 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375623-005
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7562-3
... ’n’ roll, swing, mambo, calypso, and cha-cha—to audiences. Moreover, Chang’s rise to stardom precipitated an important turn in the evolution of the songstress film. Until this moment, singing films far outnumbered song-and-dance films, and musical expression centered primarily upon vocal performance...
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 02 September 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375326-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7532-6
...”) singers. It discusses class-based singing aesthetics, an etymology of crooning, the impact of modern microphones and radio broadcasting, vocal variety in popular performance of the 1920s, the pivotal role of American youth and women in popularizing romantic crooning, the growing influence of racial...
Published: 01 April 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375494-021
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7549-4
.... It then discusses four ways of understanding the production of voices—through materiality, technological mediation, performance/performativity, and voicing—which can help us to understand the cultural and historical specificity of vocal practices and ideas about voice without relying on familiar assumptions...
Series: Sign, Storage, Transmission
Published: 18 November 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374695-005
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7469-5
... that do not fit the categories might also offer meaningful experiences. The names, and the fit between names and experiences, become central. This constitutes the process of reification. This chapter examines how this process is performed in classical vocal pedagogy and proposes that articulatory action...
Series: Sign, Storage, Transmission
Published: 18 November 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374695-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7469-5
... “Music’s Material Dependency: What Underwater Opera Can Tell Us about Odysseus’s Ears” examines the underwater vocal practice of Los Angeles–based performance artist and soprano Juliana Snapper and dispenses with the idea that sound is stable and knowable before it is produced and perceived...
Book Chapter

By Jean Ma
Published: 13 May 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375623-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7562-3
... One particular songstress type was the “wildcat,” or singing country lass, associated with a highly popular cycle of “rustic singing films” and most famously embodied by actress Chung Ching. Chung was a somewhat idiosyncratic case—typecast as a songstress despite her lack of vocal talent. Her...
Series: Refiguring American Music
Published: 02 September 2015
DOI: 10.1215/9780822375326-006
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7532-6
... regarding gender and sexuality. At a time of increasing censorship in the mass media, live performance, and public life generally, crooners’ gender fluidity and popularity, especially among women, were seen as culturally threatening. The chapter details charges of crooners’ effeminacy and suspect...
Published: 29 April 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822374428-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7442-8
... This chapter explores forms of vocal training and musical imagination in radio and music production and the reflexive, metapragmatic concern with the voice in performance that these entail. It describes how Aboriginal radio producers negotiate multiple tensions between their understandings...
Published: 16 September 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373711-011
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7371-1
... Kortney Ziegler examines Harlem Renaissance performance artist Gladys Bentley and the ways her manipulations of gender suggest a kinky politics that offers a new space of black queer possibility. Known for her appropriations of a fetishized image of black masculinity during the 1920s, Bentley...
Series: Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
Published: 03 March 2017
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7401-5
... involves educating broad audiences about major issues of social, political, ethical, and medical concern through lyrics and performance styles that raise awareness through a combination of contemporary information and traditional modalities of expression. Race was the primary social variable examined...
Series: Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice
Published: 04 March 2016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7449-7
...Gender, Trauma, and Memory This chapter analyzes two key female characters in Ann-Marie MacDonald’s epic novel Fall on Your Knees who use experimental, improvised performance to disrupt prevailing power relations that privilege white, male heterosexual identity. Materia’s and Frances’s...
Published: 09 September 2016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7392-6
... the Avenue A spot on 10 December. The opening-night party blended Western movies, drag queen performances, and DJ-ing in the back room. Demand soon surpassed all expectations and by the spring the spot matched Danceteria’s seven-nights-a-week parade. As it became clear that Pyramid was part of a broader East...