Sounding Out!

PercussiveThoughts is giving me a facial. The voice tells me about the “little scrubbies” in the exfoliant, and I begin to hear their delicate sibilance on my temples. If I’m lucky, a pleasurable, tingling sensation might begin somewhere on the back of my head and travel down my spine, turning my facial into something closer to a massage. The sole caveat is that I’m not really being touched at all.

This is ASMR, “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response,” a pseudo-medical designation whose native soil is YouTube. The term pulls together a range of physiological and affective states: goosebumps, chills, relaxation, melting, tingles, and so forth. PercussiveThoughts and her fellow vloggers (I call them “Whisperers” here and explain why below) aim to trigger these frissons through a cornucopia of techniques. Sound is paramount; Whisperers scratch rough surfaces with their fingernails and percuss everyday objects with fingertip drum-rolls. And, of course, they whisper…

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[CFP] Sounding Bodies – University of Toronto

 
A Graduate Conference in Music
March 15-6, 2013
Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

Though our musicking (or paper-writing) bodies may appear to be merely a conduit between an idea and its realization, they also delimit fields of possibilities in our various musicking and sounding endeavors. In recent years an increasing attention to the body is reflected in the growth of literature ranging from how social constructs are embodied through singing, to embodied modes of listening; from epistemologies of sound that challenges the mind/body split, to performance practices that prioritize healthy bodily mechanics over notions of technical correctness; from sound as torture, to sound as a way of healing. We seek to put these ideas, many of which transcend boundaries between sub-fields within music, in conversation with one another in this trans-disciplinary conference. How are bodies articulated through various sounding practices? How, on the other hand, do bodies shape our sounding, listening, andmusicking subjectivities? These are some of the questions that guide our thinking towards this conference.

We invite critical engagements, theorizations, ruminations, or performances* (not necessarily musical) on the intersections between sound, music, and bodies from current graduate students in all disciplines. Twenty-minute conference paper presentations (with 10-minute Q and A), or 30-minute performances are welcomed.

Topics include but are by no means limited to:

– Embodied sounding, listening, and musicking practices
– Bodies in performances
– Resonating/ resonant bodies
– Bodies defined, constituted, challenged, articulated, constructed,
or enacted in, by, or through sound
– Gestures and movement in sounding practices
– Embodied musical knowledge and the transmissions thereof
– Bodies healed or destroyed through sound and music
– Any other intersections of sound and body

Submissions for papers or performances, in the form of 300-word abstracts, should be emailed to utgradmusicon13@gmail.com, no later than 23:59 on January 15th, 2013. Please include in the email a  100-word biography of all presenter(s) and audio/video equipment  requests. Decisions will be announced by February 1st, 2013. Further  details can be found here.