Osaka Inside Out/Podcast: The Sounds of Japan's Antinuclear Movement

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Osaka Inside Out/Podcast: The Sounds of Japan's Antinuclear Movement


Galloway, Kate, Yearbook for Traditional Music


Osaka Inside Out [podcast]. [2013]. Recorded and mixed by David Novak with the guidance of Fujiwara Hide, Higashiseto Satoru, David Hopkins, Nakagawa Kôhei, Nakajima Akifumi. Annotated by David Novak. Webpage with notes in English, http://www.sensorystudies.org/sound-gallery/osaka-inside-outrecording- the-keynote-sounds-of-the-city/. Bibliography. Link to streaming 128K MP3 and downloadable WAV file (20:52) hosted by SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/sensorystudies/osaka-soundscape-2-mix.

Podcast: The Sounds of Japan's Antinuclear Movement. 2013. [Recorded and annotated by David Novak]. Webpage with notes in English, http://post.at.moma. org/content_items/251-the-performance-of-protest-the-sounds-of-japan-s-antinuclear- movement-in-fukushima-tokyo-and-osaka. Related videos, links. Link to streaming electronic file (15:19).

David Novak's podcasts, "Osaka Inside Out" and "The Sounds of Japan's Antinuclear Movement," are extensions of (and composed responses to) his ethnographic engagement with the intersection of sound, music, noise, media circulation, and power in Japan. They also exemplify how ethnomusicology can engage with methods cultivated in the digital humanities to express the aurality of our scholarship to the academic community and the general public. Novak presents his soundworks in a multimodal format, accompanied by still and moving images, mapwork, and explanatory text, rendering the subject matter accessible and enabling sensory engagement with specific features of regional soundscapes and contemporary events. In each audio essay, he explores music, noise, and sound as forms that communicate social, political, environmental, and emotional experiences of place.

"Osaka Inside Out" is a multiregional and multivocal soundwork that archives the keynote sounds of the city as identified, located, remembered, and valued by friends, colleagues, and collaborators. In select instances, audio processing is applied (e.g., crossfades, multitracking) to draw listeners' ears towards particularly distinctive sounds and to movements between and through acoustic spaces. As we listen, the dynamic nature of each soundscape becomes evident, as does social and kinetic movement. The sounding bodies, both human and nonhuman, are mobile: sounds shift in and out of the foreground, and keynote sounds interact with surrounding ones to compose the emplaced sonic experience. The text with which Novak introduces "Osaka Inside Out" offers a nuanced reflection on the processes of listening, composition, remediation, and circulation involved in adapting his situated ethnographic materials to a digital environment. …

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