On Sound, Violence, Postcolonial Legacies and Urban Spaces in Beirut

In this post, Maria M. Rijo Lopes da Cunha reflects on the sonic politics of musical life in Beirut. The piece speaks in dialogue with a sound piece by Abed Kobeissy, 'The Crusades According to Tamim', also presented here. Together, these pieces signal the connections between sound and street life, tradition and experimentalism, conflict and …

Μεγάφωνα: Loudspeakers / Loud Speakers

In this post, Tom Western presents a sound piece about loudspeakers -- μεγάφωνα -- in Athens. The recordings highlight the ethical and political work done by loudspeakers in the city, and the diversity of functions they perform. The accompanying text asks us to consider sound reproduction technologies not only as part of narratives of western …