vincent andrisani

phd | sound studies | simon fraser university

sound studies researcher exploring sound and listening in the city of havana, cuba.

 

i'm a vancouver-based sound studies scholar, practitioner, and instructor in the school of communication at simon fraser university. my research has been presented at conferences and festivals internationally, and can be found in outlets such as soundscape: the journal of acoustic ecologysounding out! blog, and at TEDxSFU. my teaching extends across the fields of media and communication studies, and i have particular expertise in sound studies, popular culture studies, and cultural geography. presently, i instruct an upper division course in SFU's school of communication titled "the cultural production of popular music".

before beginning my doctoral studies, i was a performing musician and a private music instructor in toronto, canada. during this time, i played in a variety of settings, on a number of recordings, and across a range of musical styles. in both toronto and in havana, cuba, i studied with local musicians including toronto-based drummers Dave Patel and Marco Spadafora, and havana-based drummer and composer Giraldo Piloto Barreto. my experiences as a performer fuelled my interest in cuban popular music, which evolved into a master's level research project that marked my foray into sound studies.

today, my research includes not only the sounds of music, but also, the sounds of everyday spaces and places. my work in this area began with the humber river soundscape project (2008), a collaborative art-based initiative that explored the sounds of one of southern ontario's largest watersheds. my doctoral research, developed in SFU's school of communication, shifted toward the city as a site of analysis. in particular, i conducted research on the city of havana, cuba, where i worked alongside oral historian Dr. Aurelio Francos Lauredo while holding an academic residency at fundación fernando ortiz. the result is a project titled inventing havana in thin air: sound space, and the making of sonic citizenship (2017), which explores the politics of sound and listening in cuba's largest and most populated city.