Results for Tag #archive

Introducing the SST Video Archive

Bringing the practitioners’ voice to the fore, acknowledging their own understanding of what they do, and giving value to their own lived experience are important ways to ensure that the research is respectful of the grassroots scenes within which the knowledge is originated. As part of the non-extractive research ethos, filming research interviews  opens up […]

  • Posted on 3 May 2023
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Sketching and Skanking

by Julian Henriques  “For me Shaka was doing something different to the other DJ’s: his dancing and creative performance throughout the night. I was drawn to Shaka’s sound because of his individuality and that he didn’t isolate himself from his audience, always performing on the same floor level, as a part of the crowd. He […]

  • Posted on 20 April 2023
  • by Julian Henriques
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Bringing Technology to Life [Part One]

If the SST project is about just one thing, it is about bringing technology into life, as distinct from make technology more life-like or invasive. We believe that sonic street technologies are exemplary in enhancing the creative powers and potentials of off-the-shelf electronic components, as well as those lovingly repurposed and customised. In many different […]

  • Posted on 19 January 2023
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Las SST bajo el volcán: la presentación en 4s

Las SST bajo el volcán: la presentación en 4s El 08 de diciembre de este año tuve la oportunidad de acompañar al equipo de Sonic Street Technologies a la conferencia anual de 4s en Cholula, México. La ocasión sería especial no sólo porque sería la primera vez que presentaría los avances de mi trabajo de […]

  • Posted on 19 December 2022
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Music Scenes and the SST Archive

Researching the dynamic living music scenes that surround SST presents certain challenges. Not least amongst these is that the material we gather is most often oral, or social media posts, rather formal written records, let alone statistics. With SST this is always with the consent and participation of the professionals and aficionados of these scenes. […]

  • Posted on 26 October 2022
  • by Aadita Chaudhury
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SST Video Archivist Commission 

At SST we always experiment with ways to make our research more accessible and wide-reaching. When doing fieldwork alongside sound systems and other sonic street technologies professionals we come in contact with an astonishing body of knowledge and practices embodied in the life stories of fiercely creative people who are virtually unknown out of their […]

  • Posted on 11 October 2022
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‘Rockers Sound Station: Tales of the Kingston Dub Club’ Debut Screenings 

One of the downsides of doing academic research on popular and street cultures is that it is quite difficult for the research outputs to reach out to those who have contributed to the research in the first place – those practitioners who have and continue to build the richness of the culture. As part of […]

  • Posted on 6 October 2022
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SST in the world of podcasts

Here at SST, we are always searching for the ways that sound system cultures and their impact becomes more noticed throughout the wider culture and other media platforms. For many of us, the SST project has been a portal into a whole world of musical expressions that were previously unfamiliar to us. As someone whose […]

  • Posted on 28 September 2022
  • by Aadita Chaudhury
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Book and exhibition review: Super Perry by Dennis Morris

The visual side of the popular music and sound system cultures has always been an interest of the SST project as able to capture subtle nuances and foster interrogations (see some previous blog posts here, here, and here). Best known for his iconic images of Bob Marley and the Sex Pistols, British photographer Dennis Morris […]

  • Posted on 21 September 2022
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Sistemas de sonido en el centro de Mexico

  • Posted on 14 September 2022
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Sonidos: Sound Systems in Central Mexico

  • Posted on 14 September 2022
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Huddersfield: The Making of the SST Case Study

Huddersfield is a town in Yorkshire in the north of England where the Caribbean diaspora has a long-standing presence. For a brief period in the 1980s, it has unexpectedly developed into one of the key centres of sound system cultures in the UK. Our research agents in the area, Mandeep Samra and Gopal Dutta conducted […]

  • Posted on 6 July 2022
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Mapping SST: Classifying Brazilian Funk

One of the Sonic Street Technologies project’s main goals and commitments is to produce a global map of sound systems, sonideros, picós, radiolas and other independent, mobile audio systems playing recorded music. To produce this map, a survey form aimed at SST practitioners has been drafted, not without some difficulty. In order to collect quantitative […]

  • Posted on 29 June 2022
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Jamaica is Where Sound Systems Begin: Enter Hedley Jones

There are so many ways in which legacies get overlooked in a world where the concept of the ‘archive’ is often read as static and lifeless. In this post, we seek to breathe life into the legacy of Hedley Jones whose contribution to Jamaican music has enabled not only technological shifts but collaborations to further […]

  • Posted on 9 February 2022
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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
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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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