Shake that Thing: Early Modern Liner Notes and the Dark Lady of the Sonic

Activity: Talk or presentation for an academic audienceInvited talk for an academic audience


Liner notes like so much making and writing demand a translation, a transformation, a transubstantiation: how do you communicate what the record Kind of Blue by Miles Davis does in your ear? The work of liner notes is a work of listening to performed sound and then inventing a form of writing that flips metaphorically, imagistically, raucously and seductively over and over in the air above your writing. So your listener can shift and move, hearing for a moment with you the writer listener, and then listening and hearing differently. Any work with sound, anytime and anywhere, requires linguistic acrobatics without a net: we follow in sound artist/theorist Ella Finer’s words ‘a method which relies on keeping faith in the absence of fact, of feeling the trace elements of something in the air, on the air, of listening to the materiality of vibrations and hearing imagination as information.’ In this talk, method, motion and Shakespeare meet at the intersection of that most Elizabethan of forms, R&B
Period10 Sep 2019
Held atNew York University, United States