A nossa equipa
Luca Bacchini (Università di Bologna)
Sérgio Bairon (Universidade de São Paulo)
Vincent Barletta (Stanford University)
Marie Huber (Stanford University)
Marília Librandi-Rocha (Stanford University)
Jamille Pinheiro (Universidade de São Paulo)
Rui Torres (Universidade Fernando Pessoa)
A Brief History
Over the first year of our two-year grant period, we have accomplished two of our principal goals. In the first place, we’ve established a focused discussion (on campus and beyond) at the intersection of sound, meaning, and the humanistic inquiry. In the second place, we have begun the development of a web-based platform that brings together a suite of tools designed to support collaborative humanistic (especially poetic) research and teaching on the topic of sound.
We have had two meetings on campus so far. The first was a discussion of Jonathan Sterne’s The Sound Studies Reader (2012). This was very much a preliminary meeting, and it served as a prelude to the session on Sense and Sound that we sponsored at the 2016 MLA Congress in Austin. The second was a joint presentation on rhythm in tandem with the “Material Imagination: Sound, Space, and Human Consciousness” workshop coordinated by Prof. Bissera Pentcheva in the Department of Art and Art History. As a result of this meeting, we have joined forces with the Material Imagination workshop in order to complement each other’s work.
More recently, we have organized a three-session panel on Sound and Noise (“Contos e cantos de barulhos”) at the most recent Brazilian Studies Association conference in Providence, RI. We have also co-organized a panel titled, “Sound and Post-Anthropocentrism” at the Post-Anthropocentric Brazilian Contemporary Thought conference at the University of Chicago. This October, we will be sponsoring two sessions on Sense and Sound at the American Portuguese Studies Association conference at Stanford. At this same time, Brazilian novelist and art curator Veronica Stigger will lead a round table for the Stanford community aimed at exploring the intersections of art, sound, and literature.
We have also begun development of a web-based platform that brings together a suite of tools designed to support collaborative humanistic (especially poetic) research and teaching on the topic of sound. Like Visual Studies several years ago, the nascent field of Sound Studies operates in between a range of fields, some humanistic and others scientific: folklore studies, anthropology, history, sociology, ethnomusicology, linguistics, physics, music, and computer science, to name but a few. Conspicuously absent from much of the current interdisciplinary discussion on sound are specialists in literary studies, and our project aims to articulate—and build—a concrete, yet eminently poetic intervention in this field. As currently conceived, the project consists of three main components (with corresponding sub-components). They are, as follows:
Readings. This section provides readings and annotated bibliography on essays and other written (and recorded) materials important for the study of sense and sound. Our goal is put together a corpus of texts that might guide the formation of our area of study and help teaching scholars to build effective curricula and courses that with an equal investment in sound and the humanities. This section will also include “Amerindian Poetics: A Sonic Vocabulary and Annotated Bibliography” (a vocabulary/bibliography based on recent Amerindian ethnopoetics); and “Echopoetics. Annotated Bibliography on Echo in Literature, Poetry and Sound Studies” (currently under development as part of ILAC 368/Spring 2016).
Reflections. In this section, we will curate a series of podcasts focused on the theme of our project. The technology behind our podcasts will vary according to the preferences and platform of each content creator; however, each podcast will be tagged and searchable (through ID3 tags). In 2015-16, we recorded the following podcasts: Sousândrade Soundscapes (“Central Park,” “Hudson,” “Wall Street” — prod. Luca Bacchini, U di Bologna);”A conversation with Prof. João Adolfo Hansen (USP, Brazil).”
Resources. Here you’ll find specific tools developed through collaborative endeavors with students, partners, and invited curators. These include: “Sensation and Aesthetics” (Curator: Vincent Barletta); “Streetscapes: Urban Iran and Turkey” (Curator: Marie Huber); and “Nomad Rhythms, Embodied Tales” (Curator: Marie Huber).
This section will also include the “Sonic Textures” project, co-developed with Prof. Sérgio Bairon (USP-Brazil). This is a web-based, interactive, pedagogical interface that allows for sound mixing and layering. We are currently developing software that will allow users to upload sound files and create their own “sonic textures.” As part of “Sonic Textures,” we will allow users to explore the “Multimédia e o Sertão” project, developed over the past decade by Sérgio Bairon, which allows users to listen to and remix sonorous materials associated with the Afro-Brazilian ritual of the “Coronation of African Kings” celebrated in Minas Gerais (Brazil). We will also be working with Brazilian poet and composer Arnaldo Antunes over the next academic year to develop (mixable) works of sonic poetry and aural philosophy.