ON LISTENING: Perspectives on Sound, Music and Noise

Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 7:30pm

ON LISTENING: Perspectives on Sound, Music and Noise – with Chatori Shimizu and Didier Sylvain

This evening will explore various philosophical and cultural approaches to listening with discussion and performances from multi-instrumentalist, composer and sound artist Chatori Shimizu, and sound anthropologist and electronic musician, Didier Sylvain. Delving into linguistic definitions of sound, music and noise from around the world, and drawing comparisons between Eastern and Western perspectives of ‘noise’ in music, this discussion will also explore the impact of technology on our ideas of ‘music’, inquiring into biological metaphors in electronic music, ‘live’ and ‘dead’ music, and performance versus demonstration. Through this lens, we can understand the action of listening as a way of knowing and a way of being: a personal, social and physical experience of the world which unfolds through a process of participation and reflection. By expanding our understanding of sound, music and noise beyond the limits of culture, the human-centric, and divisions between nature and technology, we can refine the way we listen and interpret the world, thereby advocating a deeper connectedness to each other and our environment.

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Chatori Shimizu is a composer, researcher, multi-instrumentalist and sound artist from Osaka, Japan. Ranging from orchestral works to sound installations, his award-winning works have been performed and exhibited throughout the United States, Japan, and Europe. He is an MFA Candidate at Columbia University.

Didier Sylvain entered Columbia University’s PhD program in Ethnomusicology in 2013. His research explores the philosophical and political dimensions of “black” engagement with sound technology in the Americas, and, more generally, interdisciplinary work surrounding the intersections of race, sound, and technology.