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Afro-Sonic Mapping


Fr. 30.04.2019


Satch Hoyt, born in London of British and African-Jamaican ancestry, is an artist, musician and researcher currently living in Berlin. Hoyt will present his long-term project, Afro-Sonic Mapping, which seeks to trace the migrations of the Afro-Sonic Signifier and understand its transfer through the black Atlantic passage. It is based on an investigation of the earliest recordings of African music by anthropologists Leo Frobenius, Northcote Thomas and Karl Edvard Laman, among others, that employed phonograph-recording machines during their separate field trips in central and West Africa circa 1890 to 1907.

Afro-Sonic Mapping links the unchartered waters of anthropological field recordings to the contemporary urban frequencies of Kinshasa, Luanda, Salvador de Bahia, London, Kingston, New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans. Sonic Mapping is a tool to perceive and understand the existence and migrations of what Hoyt terms the Eternal Migration of the Afro-Sonic Signifier.



Made possible with the support by Haus der Kulturen der Welt. As part of the long-term project „Kanon-Fragen“. Supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media due to a ruling of the German Bundestag.

 

Ermöglicht mit Unterstützung von Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Im Rahmen des Langzeitprojekts von „Kanon-Fragen“, gefördert von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien aufgrund eines Beschlusses des Deutschen Bundestages.