This is Fembot’s second Fembot Zine issue on media production – this time focused on sound. Over the past decade, the interdisciplinary field of sound studies has attracted increasing attention and participation on the part of feminist scholars. Many of these scholars freely cross the boundary between artist, composer, and scholar, troubling if not erasing the divide between feminist theories of aesthetics, communication, and production. We are delighted to feature three of these scholars in today’s issue. Jamie “Skye” Bianco is an assistant professor in the Composition: Literacy, Pedagogy, and Rhetoric group at the University of Pittsburgh who specializes in digital media, digital composition and rhetoric, media theory and contemporary narrative. Steph Ceraso is a Ph.D. student in English (Cultural/Critical Studies) at the University of Pittsburgh whose primary research areas include sound and listening, digital media, and affect. She is currently working on an interdisciplinary dissertation that examines bodily listening practices and multimodality. And Tara Rodgers is an Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies, a Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Digital Cultures & Creativity, and an affiliate faculty of American Studies and Musicology & Ethnomusicology. She also coordinates the Women’s Studies Multimedia Studio. Her book, Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound, was published by Duke University Press in 2010. It received the 2011 Pauline Alderman Book Award for outstanding scholarship on women in music from the International Alliance for Women in Music.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Designed affections, by Jamie ‘Skye’ Bianco
Patterns of movement: landscapes, data + sound, by Tara Rodgers
Bridge: a duet, by Steph Ceraso