On Sound
edited by Michael LeVan

Epigraph (fade in)
Song of the Earmice
by Craig Gingrich-Philbrook and Violet Juno

Editor's Introduction
Sounding Off On Sound
by Michael LeVan     » read | pdf

Connecting with the Cosmic: Arthur Russell, Rhizomatic Musicianship,
and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-92

by Tim Lawrence     » flashpaper | pdf

Essays & Media Projects
Don't Mourn
by Sarah Kanouse      » flash

“…where there is a lot of sound…”: Resistance, Subjectivity and the Tri-
languaging of the Media of Enunciation in Manu Chao’s Clandestino and
Próxima Estación… Esperanza

by Cornelia Gräbner     » flashpaper | pdf

The Dreamwork of Hearing in the Age of the Technological Reproducibility
of Secrets

by Mischa Twitchin     » listen

If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again: An Ethnographic Performance of Black Motherhood
by Evette Hornsby-Minor (film by Rachel Ramist)      » watch

by Susan Gage     » listen

DJ Parasite: An [au]/[o]-tophonographic Sound Track
by David Darius Jiri Sander Scheidt     » listen

Radiophonic Performance and Abstract Machines: Recasting Arnheim's
Art of Sound

by Serge Cardinal     » flashpaper | pdf

Performance and Pedagogy
Performing Pennsylvania Hall:
Aural Appeals in Angelina Grimké’s Abolitionist Discourse

by Jackson B. Miller      » read/listen | pdf

The Noises of American Literature, 1890-1985: Toward a History of Literary Acoustics
(Philipp Schweighauser)

by Karin Bijsterveld   » read

Radio Territories (edited by Erik Granly Jensen & Brandon LaBelle)
by Michael LeVan   » read

<notes on contributors>

» Karin Bijsterveld is historian and professor at the Technology & Society Studies Department, Maastricht University, The Netherlands. She has published widely on the history of noise, and on technology and music. Her book Mechanical Sound: Technology, Culture and Public Problems of Noise in the Twentieth Century is due to be published by The MIT Press (2008). With José van Dijck she is currently co-editing the volume Sound Souvenirs: Audio Technologies, Memory and Cultural Practices.

» Serge Cardinal is assistant professor in the Department of Art History and Film Studies at the University of Montreal.

» Susan Gage is an award-winning radio reporter, producer and program host, and also the main mover and shaker behind the performance-activist group Mickee Faust Club’s expeditions into audio theatre. She spent 14 years working in public radio in Missouri and Florida, and has won several prestigious journalism prizes including a William Randolph Hearst First Place Award, an international Silver World Medal from the New York Festivals and a Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists. She has been a member of the Mickee Faust Club since 1991, and writes skits and lyrics, including original songs in collaboration with the troupe’s musical director Jeff Henry. She, along with Faust Radio co-producer Diana Kampert, brought the company’s radio productions to a new level with the critically-acclaimed “Operation Free Cheese”, a spoof of the Iraq War that earned a Bronze World Medal from the New York Festivals. Susan has left the world of public radio to pursue a new career as a licensed massage therapist. But she continues to provide insight, inspiration, and perspiration for the love art and audio production through work with at-risk middle school students and people with disabilities through the Mickee Faust Club’s Actual Lives project. Her autobiographical one-woman show, Susan Gage: Term-Limited, was produced and performed in Tallahassee in 2003 and 2006.

» Craig Gingrich-Philbrook is an associate professor of performance studies in the department of speech communication at Southern Illinois University. His current work explores the rhetoric of communicative transparency and its critiques by theorists and practitioners of various arts, most notably theatrical directors such as Elizabeth LeCompte and Richard Foreman, the Language Poets, and experimental musicians. His show "Why Not Rule the World? —or— The Apocalypse of Binky" begins traveling in the spring of 2008.

» Cornelia Gräbner is lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the Department of European Languages and Cultures at Lancaster University. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on performance poetry at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. Her essay on Manu Chao develops an argument that forms part of one chapter of the dissertation project, on the use of sound recordings in performance poetry.

» Evette Hornsby-Minor is an assistant professor in the Gender Studies Program at St. Lawrence University, where she teaches Gender Studies as well as courses on movement and performance that are cross-listed with the Performance and Communication Studies department. She has been training with Zab Maboungou’s Compagnie Danse NYATA NYATA, a professional training program in African Dance in Montreal.

» Violet Juno is a multimedia performance artist who has presented work extensively, both nationally and internationally, at venues such as P. S. 122; SUSHI; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; and the Center for Contemporary Art and Arches Theater in Glasgow, United Kingdom. In the summer of 2007 she spent a month as a visiting artist at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where she began developing a new work, "Unexpected Weather," which combines reflections upon memory and family with practices of artistic cartography. One of her ongoing projects is Reversicon for the Red-Violet Frequency. For more on earmice, click here.

» Sarah Kanouse is an interdisciplinary artist examining citizenship, public space, landscape, and historical memory through arts practice, writing, and occasional curatorial work. In the last few years, her work has appeared in exhibitions and screenings mounted by Artlink (Belgrade, Serbia); Worth Ryder Gallery (University of California Berkeley); Institute for Quotidian Arts and Letters (Milwaukee); Columbia College (Chicago); Women's Caucus for Art (Barnard College, New York); SOFA Gallery (Indiana University), Kupfer Center (University of Wisconsin Madison), Centro Cultural Rosa Luxemburg (Buenos Aires, Argentina), among others. Sarah's writings have been published in the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Acme, The Democratic Comuniqué, Critical Planning and Art Journal. She teaches digital media and contemporary arts practices at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her website is readysubjects.org.

» Tim Lawrence runs the Music Culture programme in the School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of East London, where he's a senior lecturer. He is author of Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-79 (Duke University Press, 2004), and is completing a biography of Arthur Russell for Duke. His website is timlawrence.info.

» Michael LeVan is co-founder and co-editor of Liminalities. He teaches courses on cultural memory, visual culture, travel & tourism, and globalization & democracy in the Communication Department at the University of South Florida. His current research addresses movement, change, and perception.

» Jackson B. Miller is an associate professor of Communication Arts and the Director of Forensics at Linfield College. His work on protest and reform rhetoric, performance theory, and the philosophy of communication has appeared in The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Text and Performance Quarterly, and Communication Quarterly. For the past three years he has been performing Cicero Speaks, an original one-person show exploring the life and ideas of Rome's greatest orator, as part of the Oregon Humanities Council’s Chautauqua Series. Miller’s previous performance credits include one-person shows focusing on the lives of American philosopher and educator John Dewey and Rufus Griswold (Edgar Allan Poe’s literary executor).

» Rachel Raimist began making videos at age 14. Her award-winning documentary Nobody Knows My Name (1999) established her at the forefront of hip-hop feminism. She has taught feminist film/media studies, feminism, and film/media-making at The University of Minnesota, Macalester College, The University of California, Irvine and Los Angeles, and at non-profits, community centers, and high schools. She is co-editor of Home Girls Make Some Noise!: Hip-Hop Feminism Anthology (Parker, 2007). Describing herself as a mother, filmmaker, hip-hop feminist, activist, scholar, emerging poet, and blogger, she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Feminist Studies at the University of Minnesota.  

» David D. J. Sander Scheidt is a doctoral student in the School of Communication, Arts and Critical Enquiry at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. His research focuses on a creative examination of performances of subjectivity in writing and in sound performances with a special interest in notions of “voice” and “gender”.

» Mischa Twitchin is a founder member of the London-based performance collective Shunt, a freelance lighting designer, and writer, performer, designer and director of his own performance projects. He is currently a PhD candidate at Queen Mary College, University of London; and a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths College, at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and at the English Faculty, University of Cambridge. His play “Klamm’s Dream” was broadcast this year on Resonance FM. “The Dreamwork of Hearing” is part of a series of performance-installations constructing a ‘thought-image’ of different European cities (including, so far, three on Vienna).

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