Passengerfilms are back on the 13th of May for an evening of film and discussion devoted to exploring and mapping the role of sound, music, and field recordings in place.
Featuring Roger Kappers’ documentary Lomax the Songhunter (2004, 90 mins), which traces the travels and encounters of the legendary Alan Lomax, who dedicated his life to collecting and championing folk music. Kappers tells Lomax’s story through interviews with friends like Pete Seeger, archival recordings of musical legends including Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly, and footage of the settings where Lomax recorded sounds and songs.
The screening will be accompanied by talks:
Musicologist Jo Hicks (Oxford) will introduce the Hearing Landscape Critically research network – “an inter-disciplinary and inter-continental project addressing the intersections and cross-articulations of landscape, music, and the spaces of sound” – and speak on urban stasis and circulation in René Clair and Erik Satie’s short film Entr’acte (1924). Jo’s research is primarily concerned with late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century French music, especially music in and about Pari; this is overlapped by an interest in the politics and poetics of the audible landscape.
Writer and artist Justin Hopper will present and discuss his sonic poetry walking tours and their use of Anglo-American folk song to explore the hidden pasts and underworlds of urban landscapes. Justin’s work is rooted in his past as a journalist, but replaces traditional non-fiction with poetry as a way to approach truth in a fragmented world; he uses writing tied to specific locations to haunt them with myth.
Writer, radio producer and researcher in political geography Dr. Anja Kannigieser (RHUL) will discuss ‘Letting Atmospheres Speak’, introducing the speaking of atmospheres, both in terms of particular assemblages of spaces, infrastructures and sounds, and in terms of the voices that resonate to contribute to the feeling of a moment. With a background in performance and communication/sound studies, Anja’s interests intersect contemporary labour, voice, technology, collaboration and social movements. She holds an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship in geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, and her first monograph, Experimental Politics and the Making of Worlds, will be released by Ashgate in Summer 2013.