Resonant Sonic Specificity

Author: ORCID icon orcid.org/0000-0002-2008-3291
Rome, Rachel Devorah Wood, Department of Music, University of Virginia
Advisor:
Burtner, Christopher Matthew, Department of Music, University of Virginia
Abstract:

Where listening is gendered as feminine, sound and silence enforce social power differentials. Spaces where women can be heard, sometimes even by themselves, are precious few.

This dissertation is a practice-led inquiry into context-specific sonic artworks that create spaces where women can be heard and differentials of social power can be revealed. Works that serve as reflective affirmation/amplification for the marginalized subjectivity of the artist (and their proxies) are described as resonant.

After situating the artist/author’s practice in feminist theory and art epistemologies, she elucidates her original use of context-specific sonification (presenting a data set for conceptualization through sound – the aural equivalent of visualization) as a compositional technique to advance social justice discourse by critiquing her works 'Overmorrow' (2014-2015) and 'Revontulet' (2016-2017).

'Overmorrow' is a sonification of American gun violence data for percussion duo and video projection performance.

'Revontulet' is a sonification of aurora data – both quantitative and qualitative – realized as a video, sculpture, and 6-channel audio installation made with SuperCollider.

Degree:
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Keywords:
sonification, feminism, social ontology, electronic music, context specificity, site specificity, Aurora Borealis, American gun violence, sonic art
Language:
English
Rights:
All rights reserved (no additional license for public reuse)
Issued Date:
2018/07/12