In this listening practice, guide-hosts Jason Camlot and Katherine McLeod take up the call of SpokenWeb organizational partner Blue Metropolis to conduct an event that explores the theme of hope in relation to the archival pursuits of our research network. To this end, we invite past guides of SpokenWeb listening practices, and all members of the SpokenWeb network, to select a short (30 second max) sound clip from their archival or other research interests that sounds an idea or feeling of hope, for us to listen to and discuss together.
What is ethical listening? This new episode of the SpokenWeb Podcast will be released next Monday, April 5. It brings us into a series of interviews with Humanities scholars Mathieu Aubin, Clint Burnham, Treena Chambers, and T.L. Cowan about their approaches to the ethics of listening in their own research.
Calling Kaie Kellough an ancestral voice is maybe presumptive or even paradoxical, considering the bold aesthetic leaps in his work, and his widening reputation as a necessary innovative voice among a rising generation of writers in Canada. Whether it be in the circuitry between voice, image, and jazz of his collaborative “UBGNLSWRE” with musician and composer Jason Sharp and Kevin Yuen Kit Lo, or in the lyrical torrent of his Magnetic Equator, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize (McClelland & Stewart, 2019), Kaie’s poiesis is undeniably futurist. It’s from the futurism of his writing, however, that the ancestral surfaces. He is attuned to the frequencies of many Black histories unfolding all at once. The ‘past’ still reverberates with the same intensity. By weaving memoryscapes across continents in Magnetic Equator and the fiction collection Dominoes at the Crossroads (Véhicule, 2020), Kaie’s work splashes in history’s restlessness. History never knocks politely. It seeps in through the floorboards. Kaie is unafraid to go down with its tide.
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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
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.
Clint Burnham discusses the radiofreerainforest digital archive at SFU, focusing on the Four Horsemen’s poem “Mayakovsky,” and asking what it means to listen to sound poetry – that is, in this case an LP, broadcast on a community radio station in 1989, and since preserved as a digital object.
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 […]
Adjusting the Book Launch to COVID19 In September 2020, and with the restrictions COVID19 placed on book launches and book tours, Klara du Plessis organized a series of 6-person, outdoor, and distanced discussions to celebrate her second poetry collection, Hell Light Flesh. Each discussion centered around a series of similar passages from the new book, along […]
Black Noise: Poetics of Afro-Congregation If dispersal created the Afro-diaspora, then who do we become when we are gathered? This SpokenWeb Listening Practice session will feature early thoughts on how Black creators across poetry, music, and performance have explored the soundscapes of congregated Blackness, from the hold of the slave ship to contemporary uprisings in […]
While we now have a well-developed grammar for our Content Field description of audio assets that we listen to, we are interested in having a discussion about what we see when we watch and listen to literary performance, and what we want to include in our descriptions of such AV documents, with the aim of discovery and use by scholars, students and the general public.