hold it now, hit it

A little over a year ago, I read a great essay by Dr. Robert (Bob) Cashin Ryan, a lit scholar, teacher, and co-editor (with Sarah Osment) of hyped on melancholy. The piece gave me the idea for a week on sound and music and/as history in a course I teach at SFU. So this week in HIST 400: Methodology, we’re all about listening.

My students and I will be discussing all of the materials below, as well as a terrific article by Michael Sizer, “Murmur, Clamor, and Tumult: The SOundscape of Revolt in the Middle Ages that I don’t have permission to share here. And you can read/listen along if you want.

  • Listen to an audio interview with Julie Beth Napolin about sound studies & Olivier Messiaen’s 1941 composition, “Quartet for the End of Time.” I spoke with Julie this past summer for radio 417, a series of broadcasts I made for my seminar on France & the Second World War.
  • Watch a video interview with Jennifer Stoever about her work on the “sonic color line” here.
  • Read an excerpt from Hanif Abdurraqib‘s Go Ahead in the Rain via Vulture

  • Read another excerpt from Hanif Abdurraqib‘s Go Ahead in the Rain via the Los Angeles Review of Books

  • Read an excerpt from Michael Diamond and Adam Horowitz‘s Beastie Boys Book via Vulture

  • Read Bob Ryan‘s “The Breaks of History” via Public Books

  • Listen to the audio interview with Bob Ryan that we recorded for radio 400. In it, we talk about sampling, citation, high school, college, grad school, A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, history, listening & writing.


Also, I did up a playlist of all the songs that came up in my conversation with Bob, and you can listen to that kooky music salad here.