[Aquest mes] Felipe Trotta

“Colloquium “Annoying Music in Everyday Life” – book presentation

28 OCT 2021    –   19H-21H (CEST)

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Felipe Trotta is a musicologist, Associate Professor at the Universidade Federal Fluminense, and chair of the Latin-America branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM-AL). Currently, he also coordinates the Graduate Program (MA and PhD) in Communication Studies at UFF. He is the author of the books “O samba e suas fronteiras” [Samba and its borders] (Ed.UFRJ, 2011) and “No Ceará não tem disso não” [There is no such a thing in Ceará] (Folio Digital, 2014). He is also co-editor (together with Martha Ulhoa and Claudia Azevedo) of the volume “Made in Brazil: Studies in Popular Music” (Routledge, 2015). Last year, he published his book “Annoying Music in Everyday Life” (Bloomsbury, 2020).

Just as music has the power to inspire, it has the power to irritate and enrage. Why does certain music annoy us? Why does it force us to leave rooms, invade our personal space and affect us on a visceral level? This lecture discusses the everyday challenges of living together with unwanted music. It examines issues of taste, individual rights, private and public spaces, violence and the law. The interviews done for the research explore various relationships with forced listening and the behaviors that result. Interviewees talk about emotions and reactions to the nuisance caused by music, highlighting matters of otherness, individualism and rights. They discuss experiences with neighbors, at stores, on the street, while commuting and even in their homes – and reveal the complex social interactions mediated by music and sounds in our day-to-day lives.