Throughout this season of ShortCuts (The SpokenWeb Podcast), producer Katherine McLeod has been asking: How does the archive remember? This Listening Practice is an opportunity to consider this question through the audio selected by Michael O’Driscoll from the extensive audio recordings of Douglas Barbour in SpokenWeb’s collections.
SpokenWeb Listening Practice, Co-Presented with the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival — May 07, 2022 (Events)
Working with SpokenWeb’s digital archives of historical literary sound recordings, this session will introduce ideas and methods of listening to sound archives, and will lead participants in listening to and discussion of a selection of clips of recordings that document Montreal poetry readings from the 1960s to the present.
Deep Listening®: extreme slow walk and the sonic art of breath: Pauline Oliveros text scores with Anne Bourne — Sep 29, 2021 (Events)
An extreme slow walk through the sound field where you live; the stimulation of the neurobiology of listening through Taoist Qi Gong practice and meridians; humming intimately the resonance of the body; a microtonal palette of vowels for slow breath song; a memory of sounds from footprints on a landscape.
Our question is this: how can both sound walking and sound mapping be combined? To explore this before the symposium in May, we’re taking an afternoon to explore three different approaches.
In this session, we will listen and read together, to reflect on the transformative potential of the letters. As we engage them in dialogic exchange, we will consider their aesthetic and political aims, their affective prowess, and their radical status as poetry.
This listening practice prompts participants to reflect on the notion of “listening positionality,” as described in Dylan Robinson’s book Hungry Listening: Resonant Theory for Indigenous Sound Studies
SpokenWeb Co-Investigator Al Filreis (University of Pennsylvania) will play performances of two poems, Anne Waldman’s “Rogue State” and Erica Hunt’s “Broken English,” for participants. Following the poems, Al will guide participants through an open discussion of the performances and how we can talk about sound when the text being discussed isn’t a sound poem.
In this listening practice, Julie Funk will introduce Literary Machine Listening (LML) as a pedagogical technique for the literary analysis of sound.
For this Virtual Ghost Reading, we will collectively listen to excerpts from the recording of Canadian poet Margaret Avison’s reading from her book The Winter Sun, and we will listen on the same day that the reading took place in Montreal on Wednesday January 27, 1967.
Listening to Vocal Production: SpokenWeb Through Lomax’s Cantometrics This week, Sean will lead participants in a guided session on the topic of vocal production in literary audio recordings. Drawing on the work of renowned ethnomusicologist, folklorist, and song-collector Alan Lomax (1915-2002), we will listen to vocal production in literary audio performances through the lens of […]