Aural Circuits

I am in the early stages of examining what I describe as "Aural Circuits" — the synesthetic and technological forms produced through African diasporic music techniques and collaborations. At the core of this work is an ethnography of  African emigre and African-American music producers and dancers, looking at tacit knowledge production and performance identities in Chicago, IL.


My research focuses on informal technology pedagogy, piracy, and hacking practices among lower-income artists who use software packages developed in Europe and Japan for elite studio engineers. Working in the dance music genres of AfroBeats, Hip Life and Footwork music, my work deploys perspectives on Sound Studies, Folklore, Performance Studies, New Media and Africana Studies.

Southside Chicago producer/dj Sirr Tmo. 

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