I was excited when the editors of the American Society for Aesthetics Graduate E-Journal (ASAGE) asked me to contribute to the most recent edition of their publication. Myself and two others wrote short riposte's to a new article by Thomas Benjamin Yee regarding an agentially-enriched narrative analytical hermeneutic as deployed in an analysis of a work by Beethoven, and he then got to reply to all of us in turn. This is a great idea to spark academic discourse I don't see often in a graduate journal! I admire Yee's analysis, though, in my reply I take issue with what I perceive as several problematic theoretical imbibings, methodological glosses, and assumed conceptual givens. This cycle of scholarly feedback has been great for me as I have gotten to learn a lot about a few different analytical approaches than what I'm more accustomed to deploying. Thanks for including me, ASAGE, and thanks for your article and willingness to engage in a conversation, Thomas Benjamin Yee!
I'm pleased to have a new article in the International Journal of New Media, Technology, and the Arts (2018, Vol 13 (1):1-6). This little piece stirs the pot more than it offers solutions to the slippery problem of how we talk about ontology--from a continental perspective, at least--and experimental works. It's always nice to get work out into the public sphere - even nicer to get feedback. Let me know what y'all think about this crazy "recombinant ontology" business, eh?
This is five years old now, but I want to give a signal boost to Jean Rohe’s “National Anthem: Arise! Arise!” As an American living (for the time being) in Europe, I am often asked about the state of the United States. What can I say? Before having come to Germany just two months ago, I had spent thirteen years as a liberal elite in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. My America was seemingly very different from that America that elected our current president. And from within my own liberal bubble, that which indeed has become the case seemed impossible. Don’t we all want radical plurality in our communities? So I thought. And so, apparently, is not the case.
Jean Rohe’s amazing “National Anthem” keeps coming to mind both for its honesty, beauty, and humility about the reality, rather than ideology, of America. I grew up playing music with her partner, Liam Robinson (the arranger/conductor in the video), in Green Bay, Wisconsin. And while I have not been terribly successful in making the connection in my own work between politics and sound, I continue to grow in my admiration for what he and Jean have and continue to do. They’re successfully marrying sophisticated and self-reflexive musics to several American musical traditions; songs that really sing and speak. It’s that kind of music that makes you smile and move while you’re hearing it, but think on it for days afterward.
Though I haven’t been in touch with them for some time, I am really feeling their music these days. Please check out their new record, Hunger. Gorgeous, thoughtful, and thought-provoking music. We’re lucky to have them.
AJ Kluth | Tenor & Soprano Saxophones
Chili Corder | Electric Guitar
Anthony Lopez | Drums
Nashir Janmohamed | Upright Bass
Recorded May 31, 2017 at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Recording Studio
Seth von Paulus | Engineer
Jose Carillo | Assistant Engineer
Mixed in Los Angeles by Anthony Lopez at The Block of Joy and Andrew Keller at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Recording Studio. Video courtesy of a broken Manhattan MTA screen circa 2012 found somewhere in the recesses of my laptop.