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Sampling Salford : ‘musical quotation’ and the female voice

Scott, JE Sampling Salford : ‘musical quotation’ and the female voice , in: Women in Sound/Women on Sound symposium, 13th November 2015, Lancaster University. (Unpublished)

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This presentation arises from an on-going project, exploring the activation of popular music from Salford, through a series of live intermedial events. Live intermedial practice involves the real time mixing of sound, image, object and text and can manifest in a range of modes, from semi-structured solo performances to improvised participatory events. In this presentation, I activate sonic aspects of the developing practice, specifically focusing on the act of sampling popular music from Salford through the looped female voice. In framing the practice, I will consider the ‘grain’ of the female voice, and how, in its live performance of sampled material, an ‘encounter between a language and a voice’ (Barthes 1977: 181) is created. Through this encounter, the predominantly male musical culture and voices from this area – Mark E Smith, Ian Curtis, John Cooper Clarke and Ewan MacColl – are re-interpreted, re-imagined and re-experienced. Following Barthes’ notion of the ‘friction’ between music and the ‘grain’ (1977: 182) of the voice, the presentation will explore the transposition of the ‘original’ music as a ‘destabilizing process’ (Steinskog 2010: 142), generating productive ‘frictions’ between a male past and female presence.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: JE Scott
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2015 14:11
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 14:11

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