Author Archives: Alexandra Lippman

Seashell Sound: Eerie and Eary Doubles

At Cabinet Magazine Stefan Helmreich speaks shells and: “puts an ear to popular science and poetry, following a history that has, first, shells singing, speaking, sighing, and echoing distant oceanic and communal pasts, and next, shells reflecting back the personal … Continue reading

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Preserving Sound: A documentary on the British Library’s Sound Archive

The Wire goes underground into the vaults of the British Library’s Sound Archive. “The 20th century was about audiovisual material, our memory of the 20th century is heavily audiovisual, but our sense of the 21st century is going to be … Continue reading

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Listening in London

I am visiting London to participate in an inspiring conference organized by Kat Jungnickel and Nina Wakeford at Goldsmiths College on “Inventive Enactments of the Social: Transdisciplinary methods of transmission and entanglement.” I spoke about the Sound Ethnography Project while … Continue reading

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Archiving Sound in Mexico City

  Recently Mexico’s Fonoteca Nacional, National Sound Archive, opened an exhibition dedicated to the paisajes sonoros (sonorous landscapes) of different neighborhoods of Mexico City. Lauren Villagran reports: How Mexico City sounds is part of the country’s cultural patrimony, according to … Continue reading

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Água Viva

Clarice Lispector’s words electrify and hold you captive to the pages. Água Viva–in a new translation by Stefan Tobler–refused to let go of me a few evenings ago. In Portuguese “água viva” translates as “jellyfish.” Like the animal, the book … Continue reading

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Made in L.A. Soundmap

Imagine if as you traveled through the city, you could hear some of its stories? Imagine if this were in L.A., a supposed non-city, where most people who can afford it travel the freeways until spit out at their destination. … Continue reading

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Sacred Bells and Sparklers, San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel’s Bells We had kept as good of a handle on time as we could as while sipping mescal negro. “Qual es lo más ahumado?” my sister had asked the bartender. “What’s the smokiest?” It bit like grappa. Sucking … Continue reading

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A Sonic History at Rio Parada Funk

re-write/evolution of a post on Pirate Anthropologies. Field Recording Rio Parada Funk (recorded on ZOOM H4n) After the post-work beers Friday evenings, the Centro of Rio de Janeiro empties out. The most bustling district of streets packed with suits and … Continue reading

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Mangueira, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Mangueira January 14, 2011 — Best listened to loud. A few weeks ago, I heard that the police had invaded Mangueira early Saturday morning. My first thought was: the time when the weekly baile funk street party. One friend told … Continue reading

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