Blog Archive

Mapeando a cultura do sound system brasileiro

O Brasil pode reivendicar umas das mais ricas e diversificadas cenas e culturas do SST do mundo. É sobre isso que os nossos projetos planejm pesquisar, em profundidade e em detalhe. Por isso, temos o prazer de publicar, como primeira amostra do que está vindo, esta entrevista com a Dani Pimenta, co-fundadora do coletivo Feminine […]

  • Posted on 26 January 2022
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mapping the Brazilian sound system culture

Brazil can lay claim to possibly the richest and most diverse SST scenes and cultures anywhere in the world. Our projects plans to research this is depth and detail. So we are very pleased to publish this interview with Dani Pimenta, co-founder of the Feminine Hi-Fi collective as well as the Mapa Sound System Brazil […]

  • Posted on 26 January 2022
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‘Punishment park’: Notes sur le Teknival ‘des musiques interdites’

Les sound systems tekno sont une composante de ces Sonic Street Technologies qui autour du monde ont été touchées par les mesures de restriction sanitaire. De ce point de vue, si les événements musicaux en streaming proposent un autre type d’expérience non dénué d’intérêt (cf. blog de Brian D’Aquino), ils ne peuvent prétendre se substituer […]

  • Posted on 19 January 2022
  • by Guest Author : Jean-Christophe Sevin,
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‘Punishment park’: Notes on the Teknival ‘des musiques interdites’

Tekno sound systems are a part of those Sonic Street Technologies that have been most severely affected by the health restriction measures around the world. In this respect, while streaming music events are a valuable type of experience, they cannot substitute for collective and intensive sound experiences of these physical spaces of expression and sociability, […]

  • Posted on 19 January 2022
  • by Guest Author : Jean-Christophe Sevin,
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Reflections on SST’s first researchers’ community meeting

As a research assistant to the Sonic Street Technologies team, the idea for researchers’ community meetings was to start to find a gauge for the embodied quality of the research that is emerging in the conversations that we have been having with fellow researchers and others over the course of the year. My initial draw […]

  • Posted on 12 January 2022
  • by Aadita Chaudhury : SST Team,
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Birth of a New Sonic Body in Hyderabad, India

As a global research project, the SST blog is very pleased to report on emerging sound systems and other SST around the world. This is especially the case in countries where sound system culture is not yet well established – there are very few operating in India. Monkey Sound System intended to have its birthday […]

  • Posted on 6 January 2022
  • by Guest Author : Roy Dipankar,
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Reflections on ‘In A Vanguard Style: A Documentary on Iration Steppas’

Intergenerational links in the SST scenes and the archiving of the culture by practitioners are two areas of pivotal interest for the SST research. Both themes reverberate strongly in the movie ‘In A Vanguard Style: A Documentary on Iration Steppas’, currently being premiered around the world before the official launch in February 2022. The story […]

  • Posted on 14 December 2021
  • by Guest Author : David Katz,
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SST Research Project 1st Year Report, 2021

Coming to the end of our first year of operations, we thought this was the right time for us to take stock and to provide you – our growing loyal blog readership – with something of an update. Looking back on what we’ve managed to achieve in this first twelve months, overall, we can say we are really quite pleased. Certainly, we can say we’ve laid some very solid foundations on […]

  • Posted on 8 December 2021
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An afternoon at the Tibiri. A sound walk in Mexico City

SST is pleased to welcome a new guest blogger from Mexico City. Young researcher Linette Rivera takes us through a sound walk across two cradles of the sonidero culture in Mexico City, Mercado Jamaica and Mercado Sonora, to check out whether the sonideros were playing out despite Covid19-related restrictions.  —   The sonideros parties in […]

  • Posted on 1 December 2021
  • by Guest Author : Linette Rivera,
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Listening to Distant Drums. Interview with Steve Vibronics

Distant Drums is a mixed-media art installation designed and produced by Whispered Tales. It combines digital animation, music and dance to tell the story of Reggae sound system culture and the importance of music in the fight for racial equality and justice. Distant Drums impressively plays with the different elements which make a sound system […]

  • Posted on 23 November 2021
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The UWI’s Upcoming Global Reggae Conference and its History

SST is excited to be partnering with the Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Reggae Studies Unit for the 7th Global Reggae Conference, to be held at University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica, between 16 and 19 of February, 2022.  Over the last fifteen years […]

  • Posted on 16 November 2021
  • by Guest Author : Sonjah Stanley Niaah,
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Archiving the Culture: Interview with SoundMag

As researchers deeply invested in the popular culture of sound systems and other SST, we are well-aware that these are ongoing scenes established long before we arrived.  Each specific SST operates within an existing ecology, that has developed usually across decades and below the radar of official or academic recognition. The knowledge that is produced […]

  • Posted on 9 November 2021
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[SST RESEARCH 3.0] BLACK KNOWLEDGE

Continuing the series  drafting the theoretical basis of SST Research (see pt.1 and pt.2), this second part goes into some detail on the nature and characteristics of black knowledge and its production. This identified kinds of knowledge that are situated, embodied and shared. Such ways-of-knowing can be described as vibrational in terms of the standard […]

  • Posted on 2 November 2021
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Introduction to Sound System Culture in Melbourne

The history of sound system culture in Melbourne (and indeed Australia), is rich and diverse, yet on a continent largely dominated by rock music it has received little attention from the media or scholars [1].  Meanwhile, over the last decade more than a dozen sound systems have been built in Melbourne alone, a city of 5 million inhabitants which has prided itself […]

  • Posted on 25 October 2021
  • by Guest Author : Moses Iten,
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Urabá Sound System: Sounding with Purpose

“Urabá Sound System: Sounding with Purpose” has been an “encuentro picotero” (a picós meeting), held from July the 2nd to July the 4th, 2021 in the Municipality of Apartadó, in Urabá Antioqueño – Colombia. The event included musical and cultural sessions, such as discussions on the context, history and challenges of the picó culture, and a “memory carousel” […]

  • Posted on 19 October 2021
  • by Guest Author : Manuela Uribe, Ricardo Vega,
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Urabá sound system: Sonando con propósito (español)

El encuentro URABÁ SOUNDSYSTEM sonando con propósito, se llevó a cabo los días 2,3 y 4 de julio de 2021 en el Municipio de Apartadó, en el Urabá antioqueño – Colombia.  Se realizaron conversatorios sobre el contexto, historia y desafíos de la cultura picotera, un carrusel de la memoria donde se compartieron fotografías, discos, emociones y se produjeron documentos con la intención de demostrar la sistematicidad, pertinencia y eficacia de la práctica picotera como un escenario de construcción de paz. […]

  • Posted on 19 October 2021
  • by Guest Author : Manuela Uribe, Ricardo Vega,
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Sounds in the City: Street Technology and Public Space

We are glad to announce the publication of the Sound System Outernational (SSO) guest-edited special issue of the Journal of World Popular Music – Volume 8, Number 1, available here. Edited by SSO team members Brian D’Aquino and Oana Pârvan, the special issue features some of the contributions originally presented during the international symposium ‘SSO#5: […]

  • Posted on 11 October 2021
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[SST Research 2.0] Street Systems and Knowledge Systems

Second in a series of blogs on SST research (read here the first piece), this article considers different knowledge systems in order to locate, recognise and give value to the ways-of-knowing of audio engineers. Knowledge comes not only from data, information or scientific laws; it is also embodied in the techniques and practices of SST engineering. Appreciating this is one of the major […]

  • Posted on 4 October 2021
  • by Julian Henriques :
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SST Visual Cultures: Trends observed thus far

This article is the second part of an ongoing series on Instagram-based ethnographies investigating the visual cultural, textual, and affective norms of sonic street technologies globally.  The previous post we explored some of the ways that we are using Instagram as a site to conduct ethnographic research. This week we are looking at some of the trends we have observed thus far in our visual […]

  • Posted on 27 September 2021
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The Visual Culture of SST on Social Media

This article is part on an ongoing series on Instagram-based ethnographies investigating the visual cultural, textual and affective norms of sonic street technologies globally.   Sound system cultures are multifaceted, diverse, and multi-sited phenomena that call for robust and eclectic methodological and theoretical orientations. Instagram-based research of its visual cultures was developed in response to […]

  • Posted on 20 September 2021
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