The race of sound : listening, timbre, and vocality in African American music
- Nina Sun Eidsheim.
- Durham : Duke University Press, 2019.
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- 1 online resource.
- Refiguring American music.
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Acknowledgments xi Introduction. The Acousmatic Question: Who Is This?
- 1. Formal and Informal Pedagogies: Believing in Race, Teaching Race, Hearing Race
- 2. Phantom Genealogy: Sonic Blackness and the American Operatic Timbre
- 3. Familiarity as Strangeness: Jimmy Scott and the Question of Black Timbral Masculinity
- 4. Race as Zeros and Ones: Vocaloid Refused, Reimagined, and Repurposed
- 5. Bifurcated Listening: The Inimitable, Imitated Billie Holiday
- 6. Widening Rings of Being: The Singer as Stylist and Technician
- 177 Appendix 201 Notes
- 205 Bibliography
- 243 Index 259.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
In The Race of Sound Nina Sun Eidsheim traces the ways in which sonic attributes that might seem natural, such as the voice and its qualities, are socially produced. Eidsheim illustrates how listeners measure race through sound and locate racial subjectivities in vocal timbre-the color or tone of a voice. Eidsheim examines singers Marian Anderson, Billie Holiday, and Jimmy Scott as well as the vocal synthesis technology Vocaloid to show how listeners carry a series of assumptions about the nature of the voice and to whom it belongs. Outlining how the voice is linked to ideas of racial essentialism and authenticity, Eidsheim untangles the relationship between race, gender, vocal technique, and timbre while addressing an undertheorized space of racial and ethnic performance. In so doing, she advances our knowledge of the cultural-historical formation of the timbral politics of difference and the ways that comprehending voice remains central to understanding human experience, all the while advocating for a form of listening that would allow us to hear singers in a self-reflexive, denaturalized way.
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- Anderson, Marian, 1897-1993.
- Holiday, Billie, 1915-1959
- Scott, Jimmy, 1925-2014.
- Vocaloid (Computer file)
- African Americans > Music > Social aspects.
- Music and race > United States.
- Voice culture > Social aspects > United States.
- Tone color (Music) > Social aspects > United States.
- Music > Social aspects > United States.
- Singing > Social aspects > United States.
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- Listening, timbre, and vocality in African American music
- Refiguring American music
- Electronic reproduction. Ipswich, MA Available via World Wide Web.
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- 0822372649 electronic book
- 9780822368564 hardcover ; alkaline paper
- 0822368560 hardcover ; alkaline paper
- 9780822368687 paperback ; alkaline paper
- 0822368684 paperback ; alkaline paper
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