Amplifying Street Knowledge through Practice-as-Research

Sound System Outernational #5 in Naples, Italy

Authors

  • Brian D’Aquino Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Oana Pârvan Independent researcher

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jwpm.43084

Keywords:

Naples, Italian sound system, street noise, practice as research, research methodology

Abstract

Based on a first-hand account of the SSO#5 event, the authors discuss the challenges of grounding the organization of an international academic event in the local environment of Naples, a Southern Italy city with a strong sound system tradition. An ethnographic account of the Italian and Naples scene, including interviews with local sound system pioneers, will provide the context. The overarching intention animating the planning of the event was to acknowledge the way academic research can interact with local and global grassroots music movements in a transformative way, establishing connections, nurturing skills and promoting mutual recognition. More specifically, the event was aimed at amplifying the value of the already-existing scene, turning up the self-confidence of its practitioners and boosting the acknowledgement of sound system practice as an academic research field. This was achieved through the active involvement of local practitioners and activists in the conception of the event, to achieve the mutual trust and respect between participants from different backgrounds, which made the event itself a form of practice-as-research in terms of adding to an ongoing learning process.

Author Biographies

Brian D’Aquino, Goldsmiths, University of London

Brian D’Aquino holds a PhD in International Studies from University of Naples L’Orientale. He is the author of Black Noise. Tecnologie della Diaspora Sonora (Meltemi, 2021). He is a founding member of the research group Sound System Outernational, and currently a Senior Research Assistant in the ERC-funded project Sonic Street Technologies: Culture, Diaspora and Knowledge at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has been running the Bababoom Hi Fi sound system and record label since 2004.

Oana Pârvan, Independent researcher

Oana Pârvan holds a background in Philosophy and Semiotics, and a PhD in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths University of London. Her research focuses on events of resistance and modalities of propagation of dissent. She is the author of The Arab Spring between Transformation and Capture. Autonomy, Media and Mobility in Tunisia (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2020).

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Published

2021-08-13

How to Cite

D’Aquino, B., & Pârvan, O. (2021). Amplifying Street Knowledge through Practice-as-Research: Sound System Outernational #5 in Naples, Italy. Journal of World Popular Music, 8(1), 16–37. https://doi.org/10.1558/jwpm.43084

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