Monday, November 20, 2006

blogging from waikikiiiii

Chillin with Wayneandwax and some other lovely peoples in Hawaii. I'm here for a conference, but it ended this morning.

We're listening to cella after some swimming and sunning. I did about a million hours of hardcore IP-talk with archivists and ethnomusicologists.. but the last day was mine.

Funny thing about hanging out with ethnomusicologists. I'm used to talking about music with my friends, but with these peoples you have to be careful.. any statement about any musical experience or object or event is met with an analysis of the theoretical implications. "When I was in place X everyone was into Y" is met with "well when I was in a similar place A it wasn't like Y at all (so your theory is not comprehensive)"

Fun, but a challenge to be on the ball with musical chat in a social context.

I learned a lot, and got some good ideas, and I think added something to the conversation -people were very positive. I'll muse more once I have time.

This whole being a bridge between disciplines is exactly what I want to be doing - but it's starting to be hard to imagine which discipline I will base myself in. All the action is in between, and it's not because I'm staying shallow, either. It's like ear training, to hear the resonance between different languages of social interaction, creativity, and power. I'm finding more interdisciplinarians, as well - the computational linguistics/russian folk music/archivist+metadata activist was a highlight. Other lights listed soon, once I get all their IDs in order.

1 comment:

  1. being a bridge between disciplines is exactly what I want to be doing - but it's starting to be hard to imagine which discipline I will base myself in.

    yes! i am also working through this weirdness. it's strange but i feel like some folks i meet in academia are skeptical of anyone who has not specialized. is this an effect of the "what's your major/department?" mantra of higher ed?

    ReplyDelete