MB-SAR03
Sonic affinities in music and movement
Convenor:
Shayne Dahl (University of Toronto)
Stream:
Moving bodies: Sounds and Resonance/Corps mouvants: Sons et résonnance
Location:
SMD 430
Start time:
5 May, 2017 at 8:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

In what ways do humans arrange music to relate to others around them, human or non-human? How do these sonic affinities encode the landscape and movement through it? In this panel, we explore some of the ways in which music influences perceptions of movement through space and time.

Long abstract:

In this panel, we explore some of the ways in which music influences perceptions of movement through space and time. We consider how a shared affinity for certain sounds and songs can serve as a nostalgic bridge between generations, how it can create a sense of continuity in the wake of historic rupture, and how it figures into narratives of colonial displacement, migration, journeying, and pilgrimage. The case studies engaged with in this panel will speak to central questions in ethnomusicology and the anthropology of music, such as: In what ways do humans organize sound and arrange music to relate to others around them, human or non-human? How do these sonic affinities encode the landscape and movement through it? How do sound and music create place? By thinking beyond the referential components of the lyrical and harmonic conventions of music, we propose to better understand how the intensity, texture, and social context of music encourages people through the movements of life.