Bring the Noise: Popular Music Studies

Curated by Sophia Frankford

Niggaz Wit Attitudes (N.W.A) vs. BuKnas de Culiacan: Conceptualizing Otherness through the Imagery Created by the Rap and Narcocorrido Musical Genres

When people become marginalized from the society at large, it is made clear that they do not belong to the dominant discourse. Thus, they are boxed into a category (or categories) that functions to distinguish them from the center.

Rancheras Chilenas en el Alto Bio Bio

El artículo de Crossing Borders de este mes es de la autoría de Pablo Catrileo Aravena (1981), músico, autor y compositor popular y Licenciado en Educación, nacido y criado entre las ciudades de Concepción y Talcahuano en la Octava Región del Bío-bío en Chile. Como Profesor de música (Universidad de Concepción, 2006) ha desarrollado labores de d

Kuvie’s Perspective on Afrobeats and the Future of Ghanaian Popular Music

New popular genres constantly are popping up across the globe. While visiting and conducting research in West Africa I found myself being introduced to the growing Azonto[1] and Afrobeats[2] scenes in their infancy.

The Word Jazz in the Jazz World

In December 1917, U.S. Merchant Marine Truman Blair Cook wrote a diary entry describing his crew’s arrival in Arica, Chile—a small mining town near the country’s northern border. The following is excerpted from Oregon Historical Quarterly, where Cook's diaries were published in 1976:

The Roland TR-808 and the Tale of the Marching Anteaters

The TR-808 Rhythm Composer looms large in the world of drum machines (electronic musical instruments that mimic the sound of drums). You know its sounds, even if you are unaware of their origin.

Music in Airports: Response

Bring the Noise's recent article, Music for Airports, inspired two ER readers to document their own experiences with the soundscapes of what Marc Augé called "non-places." Augé's term refers to anthropological spaces of transience that do not hold enough significance to b

Juxtaposing Ideologies in Niskala

In Bali, the word Niskala defines a praxis involving the occult. More often described in contexts with its counterpart, Sekala, the two terms interlock to evoke the liminal state between the intangible and tangible world, respectively. It is at the crux of Balinese philosophy and ceremony that defines its cosmology. Thus, Niskala is often interpreted as a safe haven of ideological exigency.

“Why Don’t We Talk Prevention Before We Talk Medication?”

This post highlights recordings produced by the FolkwaysAlive! project “Songs for Sustainable Development and Peace.” FolkwaysAlive! is a partnership between Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the University of Alberta that

Music in Airports

Airports fall into what Marc Augé has defined as a "non-place." Augé's term refers to anthropological spaces of transience that do not hold enough significance to be regarded as "places". Other "non-places" include highways, hotel rooms, supermarkets, train stations, and bus terminals.


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