Rhythm and Trance

My latest piece for my column at Nomos Journal is up.  It’s an analysis of the Afro-Atlantic legacy of contemporary popular music, specifically in light of two interrelated aspects of Afro-Atlantic music: rhythm and trance.  The use of polyrhythmic beats in the spirit possession rituals of Afro-Atlantic traditions parallels the structure of the trance experiences that those beats occasion.  TheContinue reading “Rhythm and Trance”

Sounding Sacred: Religion and Popular Music

I recently started writing a column on religion and popular music (“Sounding Sacred“) for Nomos Journal, an online journal covering multiple approaches to the study of religion and popular culture.  My first piece went up a few days ago.  It introduces “two, too loud pops” into religion: 1) the pop expressing the loud, noisy, sonorousContinue reading “Sounding Sacred: Religion and Popular Music”

Tool, Deleuze-Guattari, Dionysus

For about a year, I’ve been slowly developing a pop analysis (Deleuze and Guattari) of the music of Tool, particularly with reference to Nietzsche’s hope for a Dionysian future of music.  The good people at Nomos Journal have published a short piece I wrote on that topic (thanks, Seth).  You can find it HERE.

Five Theses for Emancipatory Music

1. Music is the art of the hope for resonance: a sense that does not make sense except because of its resounding in itself. Jean-Luc Nancy, Listening (Fordham UP, 2007), p. 67 2. No music has the slightest esthetic worth if it is not socially true, if only as a negation of untruth; no socialContinue reading “Five Theses for Emancipatory Music”