Music and Sound Studies: Techniques of Listening Conference
Oct. 13-14, 2017
University of Minnesota

Thursday, October 12, 2017

7:00 pm-10:00 pm
Social Event: Kitty Cat Klub
315 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Please come join us for an informal opening to our conference! Members of our conference committee and additional Music and Sound Studies graduate students will be found in the back corner at KCK.

Friday, October 13, 2017

9:30 am-10:00 am
Room: 280, Ferguson Hall

10:00 am-12:00 pm
Panel A:

Memory, History, Listening
Chair: Amanda Leger
Room: 280, Ferguson Hall

David Kjar, Boston Early Music as Co-Performers of Localized Global Difference
David Andrews, Kant Don’t Dance: Participatory Listening in Postwar America
Michele Chinitz, Beckett in Suttgart: Memory and the Aesthetics of Disunity in the Late Works
David McCarthy, Listening for Lachenmann’s GOT LOST (2008): What Calls for Hearing?

10:00 am-12:00 pm
Panel B:

Silence and Surveillance
Chair: Joseph Sannicandro
Room: 614, Social Sciences Building

Elizabeth Parks, Constitutive Silence: Ethical Invitation to Dialogue Across Difference
Lily Kass, “A Sound that Shall Deeply Pierce the Soul”: The Sonic Landscape of Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary, 1830-1850.
Erol Köymen, From Coups that Silence Ezan-s to Ezan-s that Silence Coups!

12:00 pm-1:30 pm

1:30 pm- 3:30 pm
Panel C:

Urban Listening
Chair: Jeremy Smith
Room: 280, Ferguson Hall

Tarek Adam Benchouia, Digital Echoes: Mahraganat as Aural-Technic
Yung Emily Wang, Shopping and Chopping: Diasporic Intimacy through everyday Embodied Listening in Chinese Toronto
Daniel Munoz, A Community of Listeners: Listening Practices in the Los Angeles Experimental ‘Noise’ Scenes
Andrin Uetz, Listening in Place—Listening in Hong Kong: On the Challenges to Listen in a Hyperdense Urban Environment

1:30 pm- 3:30 pm
Panel D:

Identifying and Embodying
Chair: Emily Capper
Room: 614, Social Sciences Building

Alison Maggart, Traversing Time and Space through Music at the Integraton
Sophie Benn, Resonant Anatomies: Embodied Listening in Systems of 19th Century Dance Notation
Steven Moon, Listening Elsewhere: Enacting Affective Exodus in Gay Azerbaijan
Laura Schwartz, Listening as Skateboarding: Jennifer Walshe’s This is Why People O.D. on Pills/and Jump from the Golden Gate Bridge (2004)

3:30 pm-4:00 pm
(coffee & tea outside Ferguson 280)

4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Keynote Speaker: Charles Hirschkind
Ultan Recital Hall, Ferguson Hall

Flamenco and the Rediscovery of Islamic Spain: In this talk, I will explore the importance of Flamenco within Andalusismo, a movement founded on the principle that contemporary Andalusia is historically continuous with al-Andalus (medieval Islamic Iberia), and that the challenges faced by Andalusians today require a recognition of that historical identity. Examining the lives of a few of the prominent exponents of this movement, from its origins in the late 19th century through to the present, I give particular attention to the role of this musical tradition in the cultivation of historical sensibilities, and thus, in the forms of historical inquiry and reflection pursued by its advocates of the movement. As I highlight, Andalusista sensibilities are profoundly musical, honed through engagement with the sonic figures and passional resources of Andalusian song, especially cante jondo and flamenco. In their writings, the pioneering figures of this movement, including Gil Benumeya and Federico Garcia Lorca, returned again and again to these musical forms, tracing out each line and curve of their emotional geometries, as if the Mediterranean universe they were assembling demanded such a musical infrastructure. These lines and curves invariably led to the south and east, to the Arabs, Jews, and Gypsies whose historical experience on Iberian soil resonated in the cry of the Flamenco singer and the strum of the guitar. Through an exploration of this tradition of historical reflection, I hope to contribute to a discussion on the place of aesthetic, and particularly musical, sensibilities in the shaping of historical consciousness.

5:30 pm-6:00 pm

6:00 pm-8:30 pm
Dinner/Social Event: Republic

221 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454
A room has been reserved for conference participants; however, food and drink are not provided for.

Saturday, October 14

9:00 am-11:00 am
Keynote Speaker: Emily Dolan
Ultan Recital Hall, Ferguson Hall

The Time Horizons of Musical Technologies: To access the history of listening—a daunting, sometimes impossible task—we often turn to technologies that make music possible. Indeed, part of the appeal of studying musical technologies—instruments and other media—has been the sense of conceptual solidity that they offer, as sonic archives of soundworlds and access points to past listening cultures. Technology, we might say, binds music to a particular time and place. Of course, some of the devices that we use to make and experience music, have extended histories themselves, ones that span decades and centuries. Their allure is precisely the ways in which they are transhistorical: they exceed human time frames, serving as links between past and present. In this talk, I consider different relationships between musical instruments and history by looking at two categories of instruments in nineteenth-century Europe. This period witnessed the fevered invention of many new, experimental instruments, the merits and artistic possibilities of which were often widely debated and discussed. At the same time, this period also saw the rise of the “historical” instrument, understood as something that did not belong fully to the present, but was nevertheless playable. I explore the ways in which stories of invention and obsolescence are deeply bound together. Looking at the twinned lives of these objects sheds light on emerging practices of listening and conceptions of musical instrumentality.

11:00 am-12:00 pm
Panel E:

Listening and Faith
Chair: Kathryn Huether
Room: 280, Ferguson Hall

Sonja Wermager, I Hear Your Message, But I have no Faith: Listening, Memory, and Crisis of Meaning in the Cantata Scene of Goethe’s Faust I
Katelyn Medic, Listen and Obey: The Voice of Worship for Twin Cities Evangelical Congregations

11:00 am-12:00 pm
Panel F:

Responsive Listening
Chair: Olga Tchepikova-Treon
Room: 107, Ferguson Hall

Paula Harper Claire, Viral Musicking: Contagious Listening
Harshit Rathi, Listening to Laughter: If Someone Cracked a Joke in a Forest and a Kookaburra ‘laughed,’ is the Joke still Funny?

12:00 pm-1:30 pm

1:30 pm-3:00 pm
Panel G:

Islam, Music, and Community
Chair: Charles Hirschkind
Room: 280, Ferguson Hall

Abu Ahasan and Md. Shafiqul Islam, Subalternity of Politics: Temporality of Oli-Awliya and Music
Jon Bullock, The Politics of Representation in Mawlid Celebrations
Saman Fazeli, Listening to the Traditions of Naqqālli

1:30 pm-3:00 pm
Panel H:

Epistemologies of Listening
Chair: Ryan O’Dell
Room: 107, Ferguson Hall

Brent Ferguson and T.J. Laws-Nicola, Virtual Stops: The Pipe Organ in Japanese Video Games
Greg Nightingale, Field Recordings, Sonic Information, and Sound Libraries: The Importance of Original Recordings, Context, and Repatriation

3:15 pm-4:45 pm
Panel I:

Instruments of Listening
Chair: Emily Dolan
Room: 280, Ferguson Hall

Josh Dittrich, Techniques of Listening and the Geosonic Imaginary
Joseph Klett, Instrumentalities: How Experts Use Instruments to Organize Sound in Space
Stephen Kovaciny, Embodiment, Sympathy, and Resonance in Chabanon’s Musical Physiology

3:15 pm-4:45 pm
Panel J:

Politics of Listening
Chair: Scott Currie
Room: 107, Ferguson Hall

Samuel Chan, The Politics of a Howl: Listening in Hong Kong Now
Joseph Nelson, Sound and Power in Early Modern England
Anne Briggs, Coming of Age: Neo-Fado, Nostalgia, and Identity

4:45 pm-5:00 pm
Break outside InFlux Space in Regis Center for Art

5:00 pm-6:30 pm
Closing Event: A Live Audiovisual Performance by IE
InFlux Space Auditorium, Regis Center for Art, East

6:30 pmSocial Event: Nomad World Pub

501 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Brought to you in part by: Institute for Advanced Study . School of Music . Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature . Department of Art . Department of Anthropology . Early Modern History . Center for Philosophy of Science . Spanish & Portuguese Studies . Department of History . Religious Studies . Department of Political Science . Moving Image & Media Studies Graduate Group