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Re/Sounding Black Chicago
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Re/Sounding Black Chicago

Sound-centered installations of creative coursework by the 2014 Re/Sounding Studio

Based in the Center for Black Music Research, Re/Sounding Black Chicago is one of three creative learning hubs sponsored by the Columbia College Chicago School of Fine and Performing Arts. It is designed for students to explore the relationships between music, sound culture, and African-American life in Chicago through a multi-disciplinary approach.

Participating students

  • Timothy Burns
  • LeMonica Gale
  • Jovan Landry
  • Danielle Miller
  • Gregory Owens
  • Clayton “CJ” Parr
  • Alexis Thompson
  • Zachary Weiss

Special thanks to Cherizar Winke, CBMR student worker, for her help organizing and editing the Red Line Project sound files.

The Red Line Project

Sound collages exploring the train as a trope in black music, culture, and the territories of everyday life.

“For some, the Red Line is simply a means to get from point A to point B, and some enjoy the ride more than others. Regardless of preference, the train is more than just a form of transportation. As students in the Re/Sounding Black Chicago class, we were informed by Brandon LaBelle’s ideas about how sound structures urban “territories”—in this case, the underground. We also took inspiration from the long history of the train as a significant trope in Black music. Our remixed field recordings explore the CTA red line as a space of unavoidable intimacy, transience, and solitude.”

Chicago is an Archive of Absence and Evolution

A multi-media meditation on Black Chicago cultural spaces —both forgotten and memorialized.

“During the semester we explored the relationship between music, sound, culture and African-American life in Chicago. We learned to listen closely to sounds of the city and to make significant connections between sound and space. Chicago’s rich Black music history is simultaneously celebrated, neglected, and discarded. This project recalls Chicago’s revered and sometimes forgotten artists, genres, and venues.”

Red Line photo by John W. Iwanski, used under CC BY-NC 2.0.