Hungry Listening

9781517907686: Hardback
Release Date: 21st April 2020

9781517907693: Paperback
Release Date: 21st April 2020

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Dimensions: 140 x 216

Number of Pages: 288

Series Indigenous Americas

University of Minnesota Press

Hungry Listening

Resonant Theory for Indigenous Sound Studies

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Reimagining how we understand and write about the Indigenous listening experience

Hungry Listening is the first book to consider listening from both Indigenous and settler colonial perspectives. A critical response to what has been called the “whiteness of sound studies,” Dylan Robinson evaluates how decolonial practices of listening emerge from increasing awareness of our listening positionality. This, he argues, involves identifying habits of settler colonial perception and contending with settler colonialism’s “tin ear” that renders silent the epistemic foundations of Indigenous song as history, law, and medicine. 

With case studies on Indigenous participation in classical music, musicals, and popular music, Hungry Listening examines structures of inclusion that reinforce Western musical values. Alongside this inquiry on the unmarked terms of inclusion in performing arts organizations and compositional practice, Hungry Listening offers examples of “doing sovereignty” in Indigenous performance art, museum exhibition, and gatherings that support an Indigenous listening resurgence.

Throughout the book, Robinson shows how decolonial and resurgent forms of listening might be affirmed by writing otherwise about musical experience. Through event scores, dialogic improvisation, and forms of poetic response and refusal, he demands a reorientation toward the act of reading as a way of listening. Indigenous relationships to the life of song are here sustained in writing that finds resonance in the intersubjective experience between listener, sound, and space. 

Contents

Introduction

Writing Indigenous Space

1. Hungry Listening

Event Score for Guest Listening I

2.Writing about Musical Intersubjectivity

xwélalà:m, Raven Chacon’s Report

3. Contemporary Encounters Between Indigenous and Early Music 

Event Score for Return

4. Ethnographic Redress, Compositional Responsibility

Event Score for Responsibility: “qimmit katajjaq / sqwélqwel tl’ sqwmá:y”

5. Feeling Reconciliation

Event Score to Act

Acknowledgments

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Dylan Robinson is a xwélméxw (Stó:lō) writer, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, and associate professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He is coeditor of Arts of Engagement: Taking Aesthetic Action in and beyond the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and cocurator of Soundings, an internationally touring exhibition of Indigenous art scores.