Guest Lecture: Martin Daughtry

Event Date: 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:45pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Music Room 1145

Event Price: 

Admission is free.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
Martin Daughtry (Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at New York University) will present a lecture entitled "Atmospheric Pressures: Reflections on Voice in the Anthropocene" on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 3:30-4:45 p.m. in Music Room 1145. This event is a joint Ethnomusicology/Musicology and Theory Forum, and is sponsored by the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM), and the Department of Music.
Talk Title: Atmospheric Pressures: Reflections on Voice in the Anthropocene
Abstract: From the standpoint of music studies, the relationship between voice and air is one of figure to ground or event to medium. In comparison to the voice, in other words, the air appears inert, transparent, and theoretically uninteresting. However, in our current era of global warming, airborne particulates, and rising CO2 emissions, air has become front-page news. What insights can we gain from turning the tables on the voice and taking air seriously? This talk brings music studies into conversation with recent writings on climate change to form a new framework for understanding singing and other vocal emissions in the anthropocene.  
Bio: J. Martin Daughtry is an associate professor of ethnomusicology at New York University. He teaches and writes on sound studies; acoustic violence; voice; listening; jazz in New York; air; Russian-language sung poetry; and the auditory imagination.