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Ana María Ochoa GautierAurality: Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century Colombia

Duke University Press, 2014

by Alejandra Bronfman on April 17, 2015

Ana María Ochoa Gautier

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Beyond what people say, what their voices sound like matters. Voice, as Ana María Ochoa Gautier argues in this marvelous new book Aurality: Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth Century Colombia (Duke University Press, 2014), was embedded in 19th-century conversations and debates about the boundaries between nature and culture, between the civilized and barbaric, between inclusion or marginalization in a public civic sphere. Set in Colombia but relevant for much of Latin America and the Caribbean, the book draws on brilliant interpretations of the sonorous written archive to take up questions of sound, inscription and the epistemological and ontological status of voice. The book will prompt new formulations in both Sound Studies and Latin American Studies.

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Alexander R. GallowayLaruelle: Against the Digital

March 5, 2015

“The chief aim of [philosopher François Laruelle’s] life’s work is to consider philosophy without resorting to philosophy in order to do so.” What is non-philosophy, what would it look like to practice it, and what are the implications of doing so? Alexander R. Galloway introduces and explores these questions in a vibrant and thoughtful new […]

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Donald DeardorffBruce Springsteen: American Poet and Prophet

February 19, 2015

[Cross-posted from New Books in Pop Music] Bruce Springsteen is an American icon, known to his fans as “Bruce” and the “Boss.” Springsteen burst onto the American music scene in 1975 with the release of his classic album, Born To Run. His concerts are legendary, and his music offers keen insight on American society. In Bruce Springsteen: American Poet […]

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Kutter CallawayScoring Transcendence: Contemporary Film Music as Religious Experience

February 16, 2015

[Cross-posted from New Books in Religion] For many people, filmgoing is a moment to submerge themselves in a new world of meaning and experience a different reality. While film is prominently defined by its ‘moving images’ these alone are not usually able to fully move a viewer. Audiovisual cinema is much more compelling and music has a […]

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Heather AugustynSka: The Rhythm of Liberation

February 2, 2015

[Cross-posted from New Books in Popular Music] What is Ska music? This is a deceptively complicated question. In this podcast Heather Augustyn, the author of Ska: The Rhythm of Liberation (Scarecrow Press, 2013) discusses ska’s journey from a local music in 1950s and 1960s Jamaica, its journey to Great Britain and its fusion with punk and other 1970s musical forms, and […]

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S. Duncan ReidCal Tjader: The Life and Recordings of the Man Who Revolutionized Latin Jazz

December 18, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Jazz] S. Duncan Reid has written a meticulously researched and detailed account of the performances and recording career of Bay Area-born and small group Latin-jazz innovator and vibraphonist Cal Tjader. Tjader’s high-energy yet lyrical and melodic playing introduced new demographics of jazz listeners to the soulful sound of Latin jazz for four decades […]

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Rachel Clare Donaldson“I Hear America Singing”: Folk Music and National Identity

November 12, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Pop Culture] The last few decades has seen a turn toward traditional forms of American music; call it Americana, alternative country, or a new folk revival.  In “I Hear America Singing”: Folk Music and National Identity (Temple University Press, 2014), Rachel Clare Donaldson, an independent scholar based in Baltimore, offers a history of the […]

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Nadine HubbsRednecks, Queers, and Country Music

November 5, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Pop Culture] Academics don't pay enough attention to class.  And when we do, too often we only magnify the tendency for working class subjects to be defined according to middle class norms; and according to those norms, they, not surprisingly, fail in one way or another, justifying their position beneath the middle […]

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Adrienne Trier-BieniekSing Us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos

September 30, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Pop Music] What are female fans of popular music seeking and hearing when they listen to music and attend concerts? In an innovative and fascinating study entitled Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos (The Scarecrow Press, 2013)  Adrienne Trier-Bieniek goes inside the fan culture that surrounds Tori Amos […]

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Gabriel SolisThelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall

September 7, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Jazz] On November 29, 1957, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holliday, Zoot Sims, Chet Baker, Sonny Rollins, and a multi-talented young R&B player who played jazz that night, Ray Charles, and others played a benefit concert for the Morningside Recreation Center at Carnegie Hall.  Almost a half a century later, these recordings, intended to […]

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