indignant senility plays wagner

and indignant senility plays wagner 2:




bong-ra: electronic explorations mix

that'd be electronic explorations from last year, slamming and plenty of it.




(((( LivingStereo )))) History, Culture, Multichannel Sound cfp

A Symposium organized by the Sound Studies Group, Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art & Culture

Carleton University, Ottawa March 9 – 11, 2012

Keynote speakers: Dr. Jonathan Sterne (McGill University) Dr. Tim J. Anderson (Old Dominion University)

This conference is about the history and significance of stereo sound reproduction in aural culture. Stereo is everywhere: the whole culture and industry of music and sound became organized around the principle of stereo during the mid twentieth century. But nothing about this – not the invention or acceptance or ubiquity of stereo – was inevitable. Nor did the aesthetic conventions, technological objects, and listening practices required to make sense of stereo emerge fully formed, out of the blue.

We invite paper proposals on any aspect of the history, culture and analysis of stereo sound, from fields such as popular music studies and ethno/musicology, sound and media studies, sociology, gender, film theory, and science and technology studies. Presentations will be 20 minutes. Proposals should be no more than 300 words; include a brief bio & contact info (100 words).

Closing date for proposals: Extended to Monday, October 24, 2011. Presenters will be notified by December1st. Submissions by email to:livingstereo@connect.carleton.ca

Topics may include but are not limited to:

· Early experiments in stereo and binaural sound during the late 19th and early 20th centuries

· The history of stereophonic listening practices

· Multichannel stereo and wide-screen film in the 1950s

· Audiophiles, hi-fi culture, domestic space

· Sound, space and the body: positioning the listener

· ‘Staging’ sound: analysis of spatial aesthetics in stereo recordings (art music and popular)

· Stereo and studio practices

· ‘Pan-pot stereo’ and ‘multitrack mono’ in 1960s pop

· Multichannel sound and ‘live’ music

· Sound systems and the dance floor: do DJs prefer mono?

· Stereo in radio and television broadcasting

· Immersive environments and gaming

· MP3s, mobile playback and stereo headphone listening

· QSound, Holophonics, and other 3D enhancements

· Social studies of psycho/acoustics

Building on the conference, our goal is to publish a collection of essays in the history and culture of multichannel sound (edited by Paul Théberge and the Symposium organizing committee).

For further information please look for the conference link at:

or contact Paul Théberge c/o livingstereo at connect.carleton.ca


an electoral campaign ad from poland's democratic left alliance:

according to this, the translation runs:

end of the useless talking
enough of the stupid wars
secular government
dignified life
is my goal
vote wisely


being cultural

we just got word:

Being Cultural is an ambitious collection of original readings which introduces students to key theory and key issues within cultural studies and popular culture. Bringing together established writers such as Andy Bennett, Douglas Kellner, Chris Rojek, Barry Smart and John Storey with academics researching cultural texts in new and innovative ways, the book challenges our common-sense notions of ‘culture’, placing debates centrally within the power dynamics and dominant meaning-making of capitalist society. In understanding the production and consumption of such texts, the book outlines theoretical discussion from the Frankfurt School, British Cultural Studies, Semiotics, Subcultural theory, and Postmodernism, as well as investigating special topics such as digital media, sport, advertising, social networking sites, celebrity, video games, the body, cinema, reality TV, and issues of gender and ethnicity. With a total of twenty-five chapters presented in a user-friendly style — including chapter summaries and suggestions for further reading from the authors — this is an essential text for any student new to the subject.

this is the chapter i wrote for it.


umeå links

i have just come back from this event, here, where a number of our lot (including ted mitew, kate bowles, graham barwell, chris moore, chris brennan-horley, and dean chan), met and talked with a number of colleagues at umeå.
here are some of the people we heard from and some of the things they told us about:

anna johansson, talking about self-harm online.

jim barrett (see here also) on twitter and social media.

tim hutchings on evangelical christianity online (like this or this).

ted talking about the internet of things, and sociable objects like those seen here and here.

mats deutschmann on using second life for teaching and investigating the relations between gender and language.

fredrik palm talking about database visualisation, like qviz and sead.

mike frangos on networks and social media aesthetics.

simon lindgren talking about the #feb17 hashtag.

julia pennlert, looking at poeter.se and poetbay to think about how poets use social networking.

hanna outakoski on using second life to teach sami.

coppelie cocq talking about social media and indigenous language survival (like see here and here).

christy dena talking about transmedia and interdisciplinarity (for instance this).

so that was frankly awesome. there are plans afoot for us to work more with them in the future and to figure out really robust ways to join forces and fight crime. watch this and the above named spaces. here comes jet lag.