Clint Burnham, Deanna Fong, Linara Kolosov, and Teddie Brock The following pieces expand upon oral responses given at the SpokenWeb event “From Reel to Reel: Animating the Archive” on February 11, 2021. The cultural object at the heart of this discussion was the poem “Mayakovsky,” performed by the Canadian avant-garde sound collective The Four Horsemen. […]
Special SpokenWeb “Listening, Sound, Agency” edition of the Words and Music Show — May 23, 2021 (Events)
On the closing night of the 2021 “Listening, Sound, Agency” symposium, Wired on Words partners with SpokenWeb to co-host a special edition of the Words and Music Show.
Performances | Cole Mash, Eight Track (Talonbooks 2019), Erin Scott, Governor General’s Literary Awards, Ian Ferrier, Jason Camlot, Kevin McNeilly, Klara du Plessis, Listening, Listening-Sound-Agency, Oana Avasilichioaei, performance, The Words and Music Show
On Thursday, May 20th, 130-3pm EDT, Nina Sun Eidsheim will deliver a keynote address as part of the 2021 Listening, Sound, Agency symposium. Titled “Re-writing Algorithms for Just Recognition: From Digital Aural Redlining to Accent Activism,” she will argue that “voice- and listening technologies carry and reproduce the same social bias, discrimination, and racism […] as Kodak film and HP cameras [which] were calibrated for white skin colour.” Elaborating on this important research, Nina generously answered some questions about her current projects and interests, providing poignant backstory to her keynote, and inviting all readers to events at her UCLA PEER Lab in the next weeks and months.
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.
Article, Interviews, SPOKENWEBLOG | Afua Cooper, Calgary, Caribbean, Dionne Brand, Dominoes at the Crossroads, dub poetry, Fabrice Koffy, H. Nigel Thomas, Kaie Kellough, Kalmunity Vibe Collective, Lillian Allen, Listening, Listening-Sound-Agency, Listening-Sound-Agency-Forum, M. NourbeSe Philip, Magnetic Equator, Montreal, oral performance, the Wailers, The Words and Music Show
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 […]