Making Sense of Sound

Henriques, Julian F.. 2014. 'Making Sense of Sound'. In: Before Interpretation talks series. European Ethnology at the University of Munich, Germany 24 April 2014. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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What makes sense before - or indeed after or without - interpretation? What’s missing from interpretation? This talk considers the Jamaican dancehall sound system session as an experimental apparatus for exploring the ways we make sense of our experience of the world prior to its analysis. The supra-liminal extremes of sonic dominance in dancehall session provide experimental material for an understanding of what is described as a sonic logos. This is multi-sensory analogical approach to making sense draws on the connoisseurship that the sound system crew have of the qualities of sonic experience. Such embodied way of making sense operate through ratio, patterning, gradients of intensity and the rhetorics of the body, rather than through the traditions of representation, code or analytical interpretation.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies > Topology Research Unit


24 April 2014UNSPECIFIED

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European Ethnology at the University of Munich, Germany

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24 April 2014

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17 Aug 2016 16:42

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21 Aug 2019 10:16


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