[-empyre-] Welcome to Week 2: Sonic Paths

Renate Ferro renateferro at gmail.com
Tue Jun 10 00:58:06 EST 2014


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Week two on - empyre.  
Welcome to our moderator Marcus Boon.  Marcus has invited Nina 
Eidsheim and Douglas Kahn to discuss the Douglas Kahn's new book,  "Earth Sound, Earth Signal.". This book proposes a significant expansion of the field of sound studies (as well as the visual arts) by revealing the history of arts and artists that mobilize the electromagnetic spectrum.  Douglas will discuss his work with Nina Eidsheim, author of the forthcoming Sensing Sound: Singing and Listening as Vibrational Practice (Duke UP) and Marcus Boon, author of In Praise of Copying (Harvard UP) and the forthcoming Politics of Vibration.  We will think about sound studies and new media within Kahn's framework of vibration, inscription and transmission, and reflect on its implications for aesthetic theory and practice.Nina Sun Eidsheim is on the faculty of the UCLA Department of Musicology. As a scholar and singer she investigates the multi-sensory and performative aspects of the production, perception and reception of vocal timbre of twentieth and twenty-first century music. She is currently working on these ideas and repertoires in two monograph projects entitled Sensing Sound: Singing and Listening as Vibrational Practice (forthcoming, Duke University Press) and Measuring Race: Listening to Vocal Timbre and Vocality in African-American Popular Music. She is also co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies and a special issue on voice and materiality for the journal, Postmodern Culture. In addition, she is the principal investigator for the UC-wide, transdisciplinary research project entitled Keys to Voice Studies: Terminology, Methodology, and Questions Across Disciplines.

Welcome Marcus, Nina, and Douglas!

Biographies for this week:
Marcus Boon is Professor of English at York University in Toronto.  He is the author of The Road of Excess: A History of Writers on Drugs (Harvard UP, 2002) and In Praise of Copying (Harvard UP, 2010), and co-author with Timothy Morton and Eric Cazdyn, of Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism and Critical Theory (U. Chicago, forthcoming).  He writes about music and sound for The Wire, Boing Boing, Bomb and others.  He was a fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell, 2011-12.  www.marcusboon.com.  

Nina Sun Eidsheim is on the faculty of the UCLA Department of Musicology. As a scholar and singer she investigates the multi-sensory and performative aspects of the production, perception and reception of vocal timbre of twentieth and twenty-first century music. She is currently working on these ideas and repertoires in two monograph projects entitled Sensing Sound: Singing and Listening as Vibrational Practice (forthcoming, Duke University Press) and Measuring Race: Listening to Vocal Timbre and Vocality in African-American Popular Music. She is also co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies and a special issue on voice and materiality for the journal, Postmodern Culture. In addition, she is the principal investigator for the UC-wide, transdisciplinary research project entitled Keys to Voice Studies: Terminology, Methodology, and Questions Across Disciplines.
Douglas Kahn is Professor and Australia Research Council Fellow at the National Institute for Experimental Arts, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney. His authored and edited books include Earth Sound Earth Signal: Energies and Earth Magnitude in the Arts (University of California Press, 2013); Noise Water Meat: A History of Sound in the Arts (MIT Press, 1999); Mainframe: Experimentalism: Early Computing and the Foundations of Digital Art (UC Press, 2012); Source: Music of the Avant-garde, 1966-1973 (UC Press, 2011) and Wireless Imagination: Sound, Radio and the Avant-garde (MIT Press, 1992).  He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship (2006) and an Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital and the Warhol Foundation (2009). 
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