October 17th, 2006

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: A Quest for the Real after the Death of Sampling” (pdf). It’s a recent rivisitation of an ol’ master’s thesis spin-off (a revised chapter really — the other one’s on DJ Premier). Reading ?uestlove’s and the Roots’ musical and extramusical gestures as producing a poetics of the “real,” I examine the effects of copyright law on hip-hop production in the late 90s and the investment of sampled sounds with authenticity. High hip-hop theory (or high theory hip-hop [or hip-hop theory high]), if you’re into that sort of thing. I try to keep it grounded in sound and sentiment, though, knamean?

In addition to doing a close reading of ?uestlove’s “History of Sampling,” as published in Rap Pages, wherein the drummer slyly threads a consistent record of “trad” instrumental practice into and against the development of sample-based techniques, I attempt to explicate the musical poetics at work in the group’s invocations and reformations of hip-hop’s signpost features, focusing largely on Black Thought’s flow and ?uest’s drumming and timbral concerns.

Take, for example, the following (loose) transcription of Black Thought’s flow on the first verse of “Concerto of the Desperado” (listen along and see what you think — rhymes are in bold, with internal rhymes italicized):

If you want to check out my analysis, peep the paper (esp pp. 12-6). And go ask for Callaloo at your local library. And pick up a copy of Illadelph Halflife too for that matter.


And what of new kickass? A spam allegory, perhaps? Take it, Personal.

// &also //

Gastrosonic Tourism: See, Taste, and Hear Italy — and Binaurally, at that!! (Such surreal soundtracking: the first Roman Recording — skip down to Day One — picks up zooming taxis and a street band playing Piazzola.)

For more in the food’n’sound bloggin’ biz: see Soul Cocina (as prev mentioned here), GrubNoise, and FancyToast (though that’s just a food blog, written by a musician).

Mmm hmmm.


  • 1. brad  |  October 18th, 2006 at 12:38 pm

    We got Callaloo at our library, Wayne. I’ll check it out!

  • 2. Jorge Vieira  |  October 20th, 2006 at 6:11 am

    Thanx for the reading tips!

    And go Open Source Anthropology! In fact I would expand it to Open Source Social Sciences! :]

  • 3. Simon  |  October 22nd, 2006 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks for the link back, I appreciate it.

  • 4. Jorge Vieira  |  October 23rd, 2006 at 4:47 am

    Deep, deep analysis in your paper! Congratulations.
    Have you got more? Keep it coming!

  • 5. wayneandwax  |  October 23rd, 2006 at 9:46 am

    Gee thanks, Jorge. Glad you liked it. There are more in the pipeline, for sure, and you can find other recent publications over on the Word page.


I'm a techno-musicologist, internet annotator, imagined community organizer.

I left my <3 in the digital global, but I reside in Cambridge, MA, where I'm from.

I represent like that.

wayne at wayneandwax dot com

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