Martin Daughtry Colloquium

Killing Me Softly: A Fragile Phenomenology of the Auditory Imagination
September 27, 2019 - 3:30pm
107 Old Cabell

Martin Daughtry's colloquium, Killing Me Softly: A Fragile Phenomenology of the Auditory Imagination, will take place Friday, September 27 at 3:30pm in Old Cabell 107. The event is free and open to the public.

What is the nature of the sounds you hear in your head? How do they behave, and to what extent are they in your control? How does the auditory imagination shape musical experience? How does imagined sound participate in memory, self-constitution, aesthetic pleasure, and post-traumatic stress? How can the most seemingly ephemeral of things (like a sound) and the most seemingly private of things (like the imagination) stretch across the abyss that separates self from world, foreground from background, you from me, the living from the dead? In today's talk, I argue that phenomenological descriptions of imagined music can help us grapple with these questions.

J. Martin Daughtry is an associate professor of music at New York University. He teaches and writes on acoustic violence; human and nonhuman vocality; listening; jazz; Russian-language sung poetry; sound studies; and the auditory imagination. His monograph, Listening to War: Sound, Music, Trauma, and Survival in Wartime Iraq (Oxford 2015) received a PROSE Award from the Association of American Publishers, and the Alan Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology. He is currently writing a book on voice and atmosphere in the anthropocene.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA's historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda. Parking is available in the central grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner. Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.

Please call the Music Department at 434.924.3052 for more information. 

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UVA Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176