When Sound Studies Meets Disability Studies

“Structural listening,” “deep listening,” “ear training”– These are terms that music scholars have used to describe practices that attempt to govern their experiences with sound. We can’t see sound, per se, so we often talk about it in terms of its containers and receivers–the environment in which it lives. So what is sound studies?

Deaf spaces, musical spaces

The audience rippled with the signing hands of Deaf and hearing people, communicating together, or simply waving their hands in applause. Signmark called from the stage, “Rhythm isn’t something we hear, but also see and feel,” as he encouraged the audience to move their hands and bodies along with the music. Two years ago, I… Continue reading Deaf spaces, musical spaces

Introduction

The standard academic introduction includes markers that identify who one is and what they do. For an academic, one’s identity often stems from an ambiguous relationship between one’s words and one’s institution–a relationship that is becoming increasingly fraught in the current climate of academia. Right now, I have both: words and an institution. But because I’m… Continue reading Introduction