Unintelligible: Noise Against Capture


“Unintelligible: Noise Against Capture”

APRIL 20-21, 2018   |   University of California, Santa Cruz


Tentative Schedule

Day 1  |  April 20 

[Humanities Building 1, Room 210, UCSC]

9:30am         Coffee

10:00           Opening Remarks: 

Alex Jay Ullman & Gabriel Saloman Mindel, conveners

10:30           Panel 1- Urban Noise

Key MacFarlane, UCSC, “’Must a lovely city suffer?’: Noise Complaints and the Culturalization of Politics in Seattle”

Rachel Colwell, UCB, “Trash in the Soundscape: Tunisian Mezwid and the Rhetoric of Noise Pollution”

12:00                 Lunch

1:00                 Keynote

Jeramy DeChristo, UCD, “Sounds Like Us”

2:30                 Coffee part 2

3:00                 Panel 2 – Against Limits

Anne Napatalung, UCSC, “Toward Abolition: Kalief Browder, Carceral Architectures, and the Sounds of Heartbreak”

Calvin Walds, UCSD, “Itinerancy: Black Noise, Fugitive Thought”

Jackie Davis, UCLA, “Resisting German Isolationism:  Sonic Pluralism in Valeska Gert’s 1920s Tontänze”

5:00                 Done

[Idea Fab Labs Santa Cruz, 2879 Mission St. Extension]

8:00                  Evening Party/Music * co-presented with Indexical *

w/ Happy Valley Band  |  Zachary James Watkins  |  bLectum from bLechdom 


Day 2  |  April 21 

[UCSC Arboretum]

9:30                 Continental Breakfast at the UCSC Arboretum. [RSVP ias@ucsc.edu]

10:00 am         Tour of FOREST (for a thousand years…)

[Humanities Lecture Hall, UCSC]

11:00                 Panel 3- Music as Counterhegemony

Max Ritts, UBC, “Gyibaaw”

Andrew J. Wood, UCSC, “The Old Within the New: Anachronism and Anarchy In Punk Cultures”

Amanda Modell, UCD, “Survival of the Harmonious: Alan Lomax, Cantometrics, and Cultural Evolution.”

12:30                 Lunch

1:30                 Panel 4 – UnSound Logic

Zachary James Watkins, composer Peace Be Till / Black Spirituals

David Kant, Happy Valley Band

Kristen Erickson & Bevin Kelley, bLectum from bLechdom

2:30               Coffee break

3:00               Panel 5 – The Politics of Silence

Serena Le, UCB, “White Noise to LeBron: Shading Basketball’s Sonic Lines”

Stephen David Engel, UCSC, “Silence, Violence, Noise: A Reply to Hannah Arendt”

Stefan Torralba, UCR, ‘“Skin Sounds’: The (Techno-)Sonic Potentialities of Bob Kaufman”

4:30                 Wrap up

5:00                 Done



***PLEASE NOTE: On April 20th UCSC may have significant traffic delays entering and exiting campus due to events on the west-side of campus. A UCSC Police alert has more details here. You are strongly encouraged to give yourself extra time for arrival and avoid the west-side if you are concerned about delays. There will be volunteers selling parking permits and directing guests to our event at the Cowell/Stevenson parking lots (#109 & #110). Overflow will be directed to Merrill College.***

Humanities, UCSC: https://goo.gl/maps/DUg1rcEu5kD2

Arboretum, UCSC: https://arboretum.ucsc.edu/visit/directions/index.html

Idea Fab Labs Santa Cruz, 2879 Mission St. Extension: https://goo.gl/maps/hHYVfy4X7RN2

Printable map of Humanities Building & Parking: http://maps.ucsc.edu/sites/default/files/Humanities_and_Social_Sciences_Facility.pdf

Metered parking is available in Stevenson College Lot 109

Bus Schedules:

16 leaves every half-hour; other lines vary. See http://www.scmtd.com/en/ for trip planning.


To Humanities (10, 15, 16, 19, 20)

To Idea Fab Labs (19, 20)


To Arboretum (16)

To Humanities (10, 16, 19, 20)


If you have disability-related needs, please contact the Dickens Project at dpj@ucsc.edu or call (831) 459-2103.