Experimentalisms in Practice. Music Perspectives from Latin America
Edited by Ana R. Alonso-Minutti, Eduardo Herrera, and Alejandro L. Madrid
Oxford University Press, 2018.
Experimentalisms in Practice explores the multiple sites in which experimentalism emerges and becomes meaningful beyond Eurocentric interpretative frameworks. Challenging the notion of experimentalism as defined in conventional narratives, contributors take a broad approach to a wide variety of Latin@ and Latin American music traditions conceived or perceived as experimental. The conversation takes as starting point the 1960s, a decade that marks a crucial political and epistemological moment for Latin America; militant and committed aesthetic practices resonated with this moment, resulting in a multiplicity of artistic and musical experimental expressions.
Experimentalisms in Practice responds to recent efforts to reframe and reconceptualize the study of experimental music in terms of epistemological perspective and geographic scope, while also engaging traditional scholarship. This book contributes to the current conversations about music experimentalism while providing new points of entry to further reevaluate the field.
Susan Campos Fonseca collaborated with Chapter 8. “Noise, Sonic Experimentation, and Interior Coloniality in Costa Rica”, about her research projects at the University of Costa Rica.
Photos: Scholars includes in the Book & Susan Campos, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, 2015.