Blog Archive

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • by Julian Henriques :
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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
  • by Aadita Chaudhury :
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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
  • by Aadita Chaudhury :
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Lost in Transition: When SST Go Digital

In the meantime, practitioners and punters have found in social media and streaming platforms a way to cope with restrictions, keep in touch with sonic comrades, and find relief from the harshness of an uncertain present by virtually gathering in the covid-free space of the world wide web. But what exactly happens when a street-based sonic culture is abruptly forced to jump with both feet into the digital space? […]

  • Posted on 14 September 2021
  • by Brian D'Aquino :
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[SST Research 1.0] Black Knowledge and Street Technology: Introduction

Technology will save us, big tech tells us; others are more sceptical, offering low-tech solutions as less destructive of human life and the planet. Certainly, the technological transformation of substantial sections of humanity needs to be better understood. The claim here it that this understanding is already present amongst us […]

  • Posted on 6 September 2021
  • by Julian Henriques :
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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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Spotlight on Carolyn Cooper keynote speaker at SSO#7

At this year’s iteration of Sound Systems Outernational “SSO#7: Sound Systems at the Crossroads” organized in association with SST, we are excited to invite Professor Emerita Caroline Cooper as one of our keynote speakers on Monday 12 July. Her lecture will be hosted on Zoom, followed by a Q&A session, and streamed live on SSO YouTube […]

  • Posted on 10 July 2021
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Announcing SSO#7: Sound Systems at the Crossroads

Sonic Street Technologies is supporting our partners in Sound System Outernational in organising the seventh SSO symposium; Sound Systems at the Crossroads from the 9th to the 16th of July. Sound System Outernational is a collective of sound system researchers and practitioners working to provide reflective space for sound system culture. […]

  • Posted on 8 July 2021
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