Listening Belonging and Memory

Gardner, Abigail S ORCID: 0000-0003-2994-741X (2024) Listening Belonging and Memory. In: Research Lecture, 11 March 2024, Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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This is a talk about Listening, Belonging, and Memory, a book about listening to voices. Sometimes these voices tell stories about themselves, or about the music they like, sometimes these voices come across the radio, or are archived in national sound collections. Sometimes the voices tell stories about their pasts, sometimes images tell stories about the past because the voices are gone. Sometimes you have to strain to hear the voices through swathes of silence and story. And it is these two, silence and story, that lie at the heart of the book, how they interweave, how they are activated, maneuvered, reconfigured, and denied. This is a process that is also about foregrounding the ordinary, listening for resonance and experience from spaces and people whose narratives have slipped beneath accepted historiographies, expectations, and statistics. It is about listening in action, and observations from the ‘field’ of digital storytelling. And it is about listening online, a practice which extends to social media threads, newspaper articles and UK government policy statements. Listening is done with age, and as witness, in place, and in time and the talk reflects on how listening may be changed by where we listen, when and who to.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Additional Information: Guildhall School’s ResearchWorks is a programme of events centred around the School’s research activity, bringing together staff, students and guests of international standing. They run regular events throughout the term intended to share the innovative research findings of the School and its guests with students, staff and the public.
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice and Theory
Depositing User: Abigail Gardner
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2024 15:33
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2024 15:39

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