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  • poster for robert millis and hisham mayet talk
Date: Wed, 01/30/2019 - 3:30pm
Event Location: Special Research Collections
 

CISM in the Archive presents "Re-collecting the Global South" with sound artist Robert Millis and filmmaker Hisham Mayet of the Sublime Frequencies collective on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 3:30 pm at UCSB Library, Special Research Collections (3rd floor, Mountain Side). Millis and Mayet will share their work reissuing global popular and folk music recordings on Sublime Frequencies, an important audio and video label, and discuss their recent curated reissues of ethnographic texts, audio, and photographs by mid-century ethnomusicologists Deben Battacharya and Charles Duvelle. Co-sponsored by UCSB Library and the Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM). Event is free and open to the public.

Robert Millis is a musician, Fulbright scholar and sound artist. He has curated many releases and films for Sublime Frequencies, the most recent being the book Paris to Calcutta: Men and Music on the Desert Road, and authored the books Indian Talking Machine for Sublime Frequencies and Victrola Favorites for Dust-to-Digital. Performing solo and as Climax Golden Twins he has released many LPs and CDs including the soundtracks to the cult horror films Session Nine and Chained, and has created installation works such as The Music Room at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt in 2016, and radio pieces including “The Gramophone Effect” for Documenta14. robertmillis.net

Hisham Mayet is a film maker, photographer, musical researcher and sound adventurer. He was born on the Barbary Coast of North Africa. As co-founder and co-owner of the Sublime Frequencies label (along with Alan Bishop),  Mayet has realized multiple documentary films and music recordings over the course of the label's 15 year existence. Exhilarating, hallucinatory, harrowing, ecstatic and surreal, Hisham Mayet's films and audio collections reveal a region's rituals, rhythm and landscape, with an aesthetic of extra-geography and soulful experience. Employing an unflinching methodology that continues to inspire contemporaries and audience alike, his many documentaries have been redefining the nature of ethnographic film, and continue to provoke and amaze in equal measure.  

 

  1. January 30, 2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
  • amanda weidman's poster

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 3:30-4:45 pm

Music Room 1145

This talk will examine the reorganization of singing voices and vocal aesthetics in the music of Tamil cinema, contrasting the ideals for male and female voices from the 1960s and 70s with new ideals that have emerged since the 1990s, in the wake of India’s economic and cultural liberalization. Based on ethnographic research among playback singers, music directors, and sound engineers in the Tamil film industry, the talk will show how two now-salient aesthetics of vocal sound, “husky” and “raw,” index different, and distinctly gendered, orientations to Tamil ethnolinguistic belonging and claims to global cosmopolitanism in the post-Liberalization context. In doing so, it will explore the structures of voicing that are afforded by particular ways of cultivating the sonic/material voice.

AMANDA WEIDMAN is a cultural anthropologist with interests in music, sound, media, performance, linguistic anthropology, semiotics, and technological mediation. Within South Asia, her research focuses on Tamil-speaking South India. She is currently at work on a book project on playback singing in Indian cinema, a system where singers’ voices are first recorded in the studio and then “played back” on the set to be matched with actors’ bodies and other visual images in song sequences. This project situates the new forms of vocal sound and performance practice, celebrity and publicity, and affective attachment to voices that have been generated by this division of labor between voice and body, singing and acting, within the cultural and political context of South India from the late 1940s to the present.

Co-sponsored by the UCSB Music History and Theory Forum and Ethnomusicology Forum and the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM).

 
  1. February 6, 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:45pm

The Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM) is an association of faculty and students at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) that promotes the study of music across academic disciplines. CISM begins with the position that music is an important and powerful cultural practice, which becomes fundamental in shaping the materialities and methods of social life. By sponsoring diverse projects that engage multiple fields of knowledge, CISM works to expand the boundaries of traditional music research by creating an environment for high-level study and discussion of music that is not restricted to specialists.