Abstract: Douglas Brown’s Rez: An Evolving Analysis dives into Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s ‘trance shooter’ to reveal how the game’s recursive dynamics – between sight and sound, rhythm and novelty, abstraction and representation – work to construct the player’s spatial and temporal experience.
Can moving enhance listening? Through a series of research sessions that used movement in order to note its relationship to, and effect upon, her capacity to listen, Antonia Pont attempts to answer this question… through poetic means.
The Sounds of Vision: Spectatorship and Aural Perception
Editor, Felicity Colman
2. Authenticating White Trash: The performance of country music in O Brother, Where Art Thou? – Daniel Mudie Cunningham
3. A System for Generating Real-Time Visual Meaning for Live Indian Drumming – Philip Davidson, Ajay Kapur, Perry Cook
4. Believe the Hype: Hype Williams and Afrofuturist Filmmaking – Thomas F. DeFrantz
5. “I am a heterodemon” – Keely Macarow
Abstract: This essay explores the way white trash identity is performed through country music. In particular, the focus is on the way the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Joel Coen, 2001) uses a soundtrack of ‘old-timey’ country music from the 1920s and 30s to aurally assist the film’s white trash aesthetic. Various cultural critics (Barbara Ching) and music historians (Richard Peterson) have already documented the way country music is white trash music. Such histories are drawn upon to demonstrate the way country music is used to authenticate white trash as rural, impoverished, simple-minded and sweet. The authenticity of white trash often depends on an authentic performance of country music; one that is dependent on staging a particularly commodifiable white trash image or ‘ look’ . Does this mean the supposed authenticity of white trash is all performance? By locating the white trashness of country music within a broader historical and cultural context, this essay demonstrates the way O Brother, Where Art Thou? depicts white trash as an identity that is only authentic through a performance of authenticity.