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Sound Fragments

From Field Recording to African Electronic Stories

Groundbreaking study of the world's largest archive of field recordings of African music

This book is an ethnographic study of sound archives and the processes of creative decolonization that form alternative modes of archiving and curating in the 21st century. It explores the histories and afterlives of sound collections and practices at the International Library of African Music. Sound Fragments follows what happens when a colonial sound archive is repurposed and reimagined by local artists in post-apartheid South Africa. The narrative speaks to larger issues in sound studies, curatorial practices, and the reciprocity and ethics of listening to and reclaiming culture. Sound Fragments interrogates how Xhosa arts activism contributes to an expanding notion of what a sound or cultural archive could be, and where it may resonate now and in future.

About the Author

NOEL LOBLEY (Charlottesville, VA) is assistant professor of music at the University of Virginia. Lobley is an ethnomusicologist, sound curator, and artist who works across the disciplines of music, anthropology, sound art, and composition. He has served on the committee of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology, is an appointed member of the Royal Anthropological Institute's ethnomusicology committee, and was awarded the 2015 Curl Lectureship at the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Endorsements

"Sound Fragments offers exciting new perspectives on sound archives as sites of action and creative activism. Drawing on his long-term association with the International Library of African Music in South Africa, Lobley embarks on an inspirational journey to rescue sounds from the containments of a colonial past and place them back into the hands and hearts of the communities to whom they belong. In so doing, he breathes new life into our understanding of collaboration, ownership, sensorial self-witnessing and creative rediscovery."—Angela Impey, author of Sound Walking: Women, Music and Environmental Justice in an African Borderland

"This brilliant contribution to the literature on musical repatriation and collaborative research beautifully details the motives and methods of independent South African artists and culture workers as they repurposed and reimagined colonial-era archival recordings to address contemporary life in the complex arena of post-Apartheid Eastern Cape Province."—Anthony Seeger, distinguished professor emeritus, UCLA
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