Hocus Opus

Meet Hocus Opus, my Second Life avatar. It’s not that I don’t already have too much to do in my first/real life, but I confess that I’m rather excited about the possibilities for virtual, multimedia interactions — especially in the realm of ethno/music/ology — and SL seems to have the energy, resources, and critical mass […]

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Beat Research, CyberOne

I’ll be presenting my recent findings alongside resident technicians DJ C and DJ Flack and their distinguished guest, DJ Rugged One. Enormous Room 567 Mass Ave, Cambridge 10-1, No cover Earlier in the day, I’ll be talking about (digital) music and the internet to the CyberOne class. Harvard Law School Pound Hall 100

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Simply Smashing

Before I get too deep in the Windy Windy, I gotta send a little musical farewell to my dear hometown.* A follow-up to last year’s “Boston Mashacre,” the “Boston Smashacre” has been in the works for a while. It’s not just a sequel, though. It’s a different thing in kind. I’ve made a page for […]

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Feather in My Blog

As noted elsewhere, this here humble blogger has been bestowed a spot in the 2006 edition of the illustrious Da Capo Best Music Writing series. What’s more, it’s one of my blog-posts — as opposed to a more traditionally “published” piece — which has earned itself the distinction. Of course, the post in question is […]

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It’s a News Story

Charlie Nesson has been on a YouTube tear of late. And though, given that his clips often lack a certain coherence, I look fwd to the day that my dear dad-in-law (“in law” indeed) becomes a video wiz, I love that he’s been embracing the tech (as always) and launching headlong into exploring and sharing […]

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Geertz on the Brain

As an example of how the work of Clifford Geertz might continue to inform our understanding of (the significance of) culture, consider the following passage from William Sewell’s Logics of History (Chicago 2005), itself a compelling interpretation of a series of texts. Bringing the methods and insights of the social sciences and the ‘histories’ to […]

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What Grilleration Are You On?

You had Bill Clinton, Condi Rice, Dustin Diamond and I think one more. I believe it works with the Mario Paint mouse but we need a new mouse ball to get that functional. Can you taste the suspense? If anything, SNL should be the place to take a potshot at yourself not do eight minutes […]

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AMS/SMT in LA

I’ll be discussing and demonstrating “Mashup Poetics and Pedagogical Practice” as part of the SMT Committee on Diversity Special Session at this year’s joint annual meeting of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory, which is happening in Los Angeles from Nov 2-5. See the program for full details on the conference, […]

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Telling Truth

RE: the ongoing discussion of how we tell the truth — I wonder, do the fuzzy storylines of Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything help to bring things into focus? (I feel like they do.) Can sharp perspectives emerge through blurry lenses? (I think they can.) I heartily recommend catching up with Ben (there’s quite an […]

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Turtles All the Way Down

Clifford Geertz passed away this week. An innovative and influential anthropologist, Geertz’s clear, engaging prose advanced what he called “interpretive anthropology” in the early 70s — taking a semiotic or hermeneutic approach, reading/writing culture as text, thickly describing what he called, after Weber, “webs of signficance” and interpreting them in search of meaning. It’s quite […]

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Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See

Jesse Kriss, whose History of Sampling visualization was long ago big upped here at w&w, has updated his Visual Scratch project (as formerly demo’d here) with the assistance of Boston’s DJ Axel Foley. I take no small satisfaction in having connected these two technicians. When Jesse described to me his intention to represent a number […]

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UW’s SoM SEM-Preview Colloquium

On Friday, October 27 at 4pm, I’ll be giving a run-through of my paper for SEM in Honolulu as part of the UW-Madison School of Music’s pre-SEM colloquium. The talk is called “What Is Stolen? What Is Lost? Sharing Information in an Age of Litigation,” and discusses the constraints and possibilities swirling around digital media […]

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Hold Me Closer, Tainy Dancer

Given that it pays homage, follows a venerable reggae tradition (see, e.g., the rankses, the bantons, the demuses, the cats), makes a pop culture pun, and invokes a myth of national origins, I gotta admit — Tainy Tunes is a fantastic name for an up-and-coming reggaeton producer. Kid’s only 17, so we’re not gonna judge […]

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Run Riddim!

We steady tryna “step” our “game” “up” o’er at Riddim Method. To wit: Some innaresting texty and mixty contributions c/o DJ Ripley. /// DJ C’s B-series continues with “Bush” — to which, I might add — in spirit, since I don’t deign to mention Señor Shrub (it’s bigger’n him anyhow) — my own “America,” which […]

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Easy Now

I was reminded this week of the wonderful work of Anthony McCann, an ethnomusicologist, among other hats, who now describes himself as primarily a “social ecologist.” I’ve been enjoying Anthony’s generous research on music and copyright/enclosure for a while now, but I was motivated to see what he’s been up to lately after reading his […]

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¿Que Fue?

That review of the new Tego album in the Phoenix that I’ve been telling y’all about has finally seen the light of day. You can find it in the digital fishwrap here, but I’m going to go with my standard practice of reprinting the original on this humble blog since inevitably a word or two […]

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Riff Mental

Yesterday Becca and Charlie hosted Tricky Nick Sylvester in their CyberOne class in order to discuss “Active Participation in the Media.” It’s an interesting conversation, raising a number of points every good reader should consider (and that means YOU). Nick speaks well, students don’t let him off easy, and Becca keeps our eyes on the […]

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linkthink #426: Textual Promiscuity and Other Forbidden Delights

/// Go go text-sharing blogs: Greg Scruggs offers up Paul Sneed’s’s doctoral thesis on funky Rio. /// Kerim argues for an Open Source Anthro, asking “Can the Subaltern Google?” /// While we’re at it, allow me to point you to an article I’ve got in a forthcoming “hip-hop issue” of Callaloo: “Giving Up Hip-hop’s Firstborn: […]

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Slim Pickins

Imagine being asked to open up for an old school hip-hop DJ. Y’know, one of the innovators, the originators, the architects. Pretty good deal, right? An opportunity not to be missed. Now imagine being given a list of tracks you can’t play. Fair enough, you think. Gotta leave some crowd pleasers and ol’ stand-bys for […]

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