Airports

KELSEY WAXMAN 2005 Kinan Azmeh is queuing. It is after midnight, and the Julliard student has just off-boarded a flight from Damascus at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. He navigates a sea of passengers spilling out of planes throughout the arrivals hall and into the chaotic hordes of Passport Control. Tired and sleep …

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 …

Sounds Beyond the Border

In this video, Evrim Hikmet Öğüt presents interviews with Syrian musicians living and working in Istanbul. Taken from the larger 'Sounds Beyond the Border' project, the video seeks to understand experiences of migration through music. The interviews open perspectives on the permanence and transience of life in displacement, the complexities of belonging and relationships between …

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 …