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Sonic Signatures

Music, Migration and the City at Night

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

Sonic Signatures

Music, Migration and the City at Night

An anthology that evokes the music, residents, and vibrant nightlife of migrants in cities around the world.
Sonic Signatures interprets the music of contemporary migrants from Montreal to Rotterdam, Oslo to Tokyo. Drawing on research in urban musicology, international migration, and the emerging field of night studies, this edited volume illustrates that sonic signatures are fundamental to nighttime cityscapes, a way of experiencing space and belonging. Contributors to the anthology consider a wide array of genres—including EDM, batida do gueto, and iSicathamiya—to understand how migrants resist oppression, long for people and places, and shape their adopted cities through music. 

232 pages | 49 halftones | 6.69 x 9.61 | © 2023

Urban Music Studies

Culture Studies

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Sensorial Belonging and Urban Migration: An Introduction to Sonic Signatures

Derek Pardue




Chapter 2: Music, Memory, and Migration at Night: Relational Ways of Knowing Through Arts-Based Collaborations

Katie Young and Ailbhe Kenny


Chapter 3: Resonating restrictions: Dreaming with EDM ‘in-between’ Casablanca and Montreal

Jillian Fulton-Melanson


Interlude 1: How “Free” is the Free Africa Festival?

Willians Santos and Derek Pardue


Street Sounds


Chapter 4: Nocturnal Polyphony: Mobile music-making as urban composition

Nick Dunn


Interlude 2: Tokyo After Hours

Nick Prior




Chapter 5: Manolo D’Aro Post-Mortem – The Eternal and the Futurible in the Musical Landscapes of Francoist Experiential Capitalism

Pol Esteve


Chapter 6: Dancing down memory lane: (re)experiences of Cape Verdean nightlife in Rotterdam

Seger Kersbergen


Interlude 3: Karingido: Vigilante Tricksters and Feedback-Loop Approaches to a Liberation Struggle

Masimba Hwati and Austin T. Richie




Chapter 7: Lisbon under construction: The nocturnal stylings of batida do gueto

Jacqueline Georgis


Chapter 8: (Be)Longing: Irish Musicking and Place-Making in Oslo, Norway

Áine Mangaoang


Interlude 4: A Praise Poem for the Diaspora

Brendan Kibbee




Chapter 9: Urban outcasts and the defiant iSicathamiya music

Sipho Sithole


Chapter 10: Rooms for resistance: migrants and social markers of difference in Berlin queer underground electronic music scene

Gibran Teixeira Braga


Interlude 5: Sounding in, Sounding out: Remembrance and Resistance at the Border

Emilie Amrein and André de Quadros

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