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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
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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
  • by Brian D'Aquino
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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
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Events

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
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Gabre Selassie at Sound System Outernational #7

On Friday 16 July, at 4pm UK time, Sound System Outernational in association with SST is pleased to present an intimate discussion between Gabre Selassie of the renown Kingston Dub Club and the journalist David Katz (author of Solid Foundation: An Oral History of Reggae), followed by an exclusive sound system session from Gabre, as […]

  • Posted on 11 July 2021
  • by David Katz
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Sonic map

The SST Sonic Map aims to provide an extensive coverage of different SSTs operating across the globe by focusing on the three main elements which make an SST: the sound technologies employed, the crew which operates them, and the environment in which they operate. By building an interactive, user-friendly and intuitive database, the scope is that of giving exposure to the diverse but equally vibrant street sonic cultures, allowing comparison between different SST, fostering mutual recognition and cross-fertilization between practitioners and aficionados from different backgrounds, and providing fellow researchers and academic institutions with a glimpse of what is currently happening out on the streets. The Sonic Map is an open-project which relies on the crucial collaboration of the SST communities involved. If you know, own or operate an SST which is not currently listed on the map, or if you notice some amendments needed in an existing entry, please contribute!

Sonic Street Technologies (SST) is a European Research Council (ERC) funded research project (2021 – 2025)

The project aims to map the distribution and history of these SST worldwide; to investigate the social, economic and cultural conditions from which they are born; and to achieve a deeper understanding of the nature of technology itself and its uses for social and economic progress.