Roshanak Kheshti

Roshanak Kheshti is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego and the author of Modernity’s Ear: Listening to Race and Gender in World Music (NYU Press, 2015).  She is currently working on two monographs: Switched on Bach for the 33 1/3 book series and “We See With The Skin: Zora Neale Hurston’s Synesthetic Hermeneutics, a media archaeology project exploring Zora Neale Hurston’s ethnographic work across various media.

"Synthesizing the World: On the Moog Global Modular Synthesizer Project"
In this paper, I consider a collaboration between London-based Japanese sound artist and designer Yuri Suzuki and Moog Music. This project invites people to upload any sound from their environment, which will then be made available to users of a digital modular synthesizer. Users can “patch” together any combination of sounds that once originated in a particular place and time on earth to synthesize completely novel sounds. I am interested in the emergence of this project in 2017 and will consider it alongside other research I have conducted on Moog’s modular synthesizer of 1969. In this paper, I explore the geo-political implications of synthesizer music.