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”

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”