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Teklife, Ghettoville, Eski. The Sonic Ecologies of Black Music in the Early 21st Century - Dhanveer Singh Brar

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Teklife, Ghettoville, Eski argues that black electronic dance music
produces sonic ecologies of blackness that expose and reorder the
contemporary racialisation of the urban—ecologies that can never
simply be reduced to their geographical and racial context.
Dhanveer Singh Brar makes the case for black electronic dance
music as the cutting-edge aesthetic project of the diaspora, which
due to the music’s class character makes it possible to reorganise life
within the contemporary city. Closely analysing the Footwork scene
in South and West Chicago, the Grime scene in East London, and the
output of the South London producer Actress, Brar pays attention to
the way each of these critically acclaimed musical projects
experiment with aesthetic form through an experimentation of the
social. Through explicitly theoretical means, Teklife, Ghettoville, Eski
foregrounds the sonic specificity of 12" records, EPs, albums, radio
broadcasts, and recorded performances to make the case that
Footwork, Grime, and Actress dissolve racialised spatial constraints
that are thought to surround black social life. Pushing the critical
debates concerning the phonic materiality of blackness,
undercommons, and aesthetic sociality in new directions, Teklife,
Ghettoville, Eski rethinks these concepts through concrete examples
of contemporary black electronic dance music production that
allows for a theorisation of the way Footwork, Grime, and Actress
have—through their experiments in blackness—generated genuine
alternatives to the functioning of the city under financialised racial
capitalism. Goldsmiths Press’s Sonics series
considers sound as media and as material—as physical
phenomenon, social vector, or source of musical affect.

Goldsmiths Press, 2021
Hardcover, 192pp
229 x 152 mm

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