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Hi Sophie, there’s a thing at the Forest in Edinburgh called SoundProof that looks like it might be interesting. Nothing else springs to mind, but at the moment I’m spending so much time working I’m well out of the loop. Places to check might be:
- in Glasgow: CCA, Tramway, Glasgow Film Theatre
- in Edinburgh: the Forest, The Filmhouse, Stills, Bongo Club (though they’re moving and might not be open yet)
Best wishes, Michael
I’m an artist/geographer and community arts organizer with 4elements Living Arts (www.4elementslivingarts.org – website under construction but some things up). I’ll be in Scotland January 27-Feb 5 for research, and thought I’d just check in to see if any talks or shows of interest might be running during that time?
Thanks Hillel, I’ll definitely look out for your book. I’ve read some of your work previously and enjoyed it. I don’t know Paul Adams, what exactly does he do?
apologies for the delayed response – I usually just get spam in my comments so don’t check them very often! Maybe you’ve moved on now, but if you still want stuff please email me on michael [dot] gallagher [at] glasgow [dot] ac [dot] uk and I’ll send some stuff to you. I have a paper current under review that might be of use. One paper I’d suggest is Wood, Duffy and Smith, 2007, in Env and Panning D: Society and Space, also some of Michelle Duffy’s other papers are about this kind of thing. There are a couple of PhDs I know of who do work in this area to – Michael Anton, Tom Croll-Knight – they might be worth contacting.
This is Anjeline, a PhD student from the department of Geography at the National University of Singapore. I’m working on Filipino cover musicians working abroad in hotels and theme parks in Asia.
I’m writing to ask a copy of your paper on empirics and audiovisual methods, which you presented in UCL last January. I’m keen on working a recording component in my research—not just for performances and interviews, but also solo/group rehearsals, informal jams, etc. Basically I would like to capture the sound worlds of labor, practice, and creativity that these musicians inhabit—and try to recreate what they hear when they make music.
Any suggested readings or references you think are relevant would be really helpful, too. I know there are a couple of ethnographic studies that consider sound and space (like your 2011 essay in SCG), and Morton 2005 on Irish music. The latter however doesn’t really delve into the implications of recording for geographies of music and seems to treat it more as nothing more than means to an end… which is a bit odd considering the subject matter is music!
Thanks for your time, and for sharing such refreshing and inspiring work.
Given your work on sound and space, you may be interested to
hear of the publication of my new book,
MAKING NOISE; FROM BABEL TO THE BIG BANG AND BEYOND
(Zone Books / MIT), see flyer attached.
In the book I put in larger historical context
the changing attitudes toward and production of
various musics, sounds, and noises, with particular
attention to rural and urban environments, architecture,
and shifting perspectives on Nature in quotes.
You may also be interested to hear that another geographer,
Paul Adams at U Texas Austin, is also at work on issues regarding
sound and geography….
UC San Diego
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