Week 7 (31.3.): Music and imaginary/’other’ places.

Opened: Sunday, 1 October 2017, 12:00 AM
Due: Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 3:30 PM

Readings: Connell, John, and Chris Gibson. 2003. “‘Lounge’ and Ambient Music:  Domestic Dreaming.” In Sound Tracks:  Popular Music, Identity, and Place, 198-200(203). Kassabian, Anahid. 2013. “Would You Like Some World Music With Your Latte?” 84-85*, 89-94, 99-106(108) (in Ubiquitous Listening  Affect, Attention, and Distributed Subject).

(from skipped pages, 85-89) *Starbucks is a world-wide chain of coffeeshops, catering to middle-class consumers (higher prices, diverse range of quality products, including decaf, no-fat, and fair trade). Starbucks also produces CDs through label Hear Music, for in-store use, and for purchase. Putomayo was initially a New York clothing store focusing on South American products. It started producing its own CDs, first only for the in-store use, and mainly with South American music, and then expended into a “world music” label, producing compilations of musics from around the world. Putomayo CDs are often sold in other stores, such as Starbucks, etc. Both are also involved in some form of life-style advertising on the one hand, and social responsibility programs on the other (can these two be related?).

Assignments: What is the relation between “world music” and imaginary spaces in Connell and Gibson’s article? What is distributed tourism (in Kassabian), and how is it different from Connell/Gibson’s/modern (musical) tourism? How is distributed tourism related to social class? Do there exist different notions (imaginations) of globalization in this regard (find a critique of the idea of “one world fantasy” globalization in Kassabian)?