Music and Economic Planning

Brar, Dhanveer Singh; Moreno, Louis; Harney, Stefano; Moten, Fred; Okiji, Fumi; Rekret, Paul and Rose-Antoinette, Ronald. 2020. Music and Economic Planning. South Atlantic Quarterly, 119(1), pp. 133-151. ISSN 0038-2876 [Article]

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The Le Mardi Gras Listening Collective is a group of friends who listen to music together and is named after a bar in Pittsburgh where the collective was conceived. In this article we consider ways by which music might be a mode of planning opposed to individuation and measure, and beyond the instrumentalities to which music itself is often submitted. We do so by thinking about how jazz—where it takes on the improvisatory character of the busker, rehearsal, or jam—becomes a form of love. We consider the song as an expression of antagonism that the song itself cannot contain. We ask if we might conceive music as a mode of criminality opposed to the violence and discipline imposed upon the body by capital. We look to understand capitalism by situating the plantation system at its center. We ask what sort of place our listening takes place in and how the song might inhabit it. We wonder what it might mean for all of this to remain unresolved, and how to remain attuned to that irresolution as a form of planning social life.

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Authorship of the article is credited to Le Mardi Gras Listening Collective.

Le Mardi Gras Listening Collective features Fred Moten, Dhanveer Brar Singh, Fumi Okiji, Ronald Rose-Antoinette, Louis Moreno, Stefano Harney, and Paul Rekret.

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Visual Cultures


2 August 2019Accepted
1 January 2020Published

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23 Aug 2019 13:30

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09 Jun 2021 12:31

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