An Introduction To…..

Published August 24, 2010 by subcultureshanghai

Monday 20th September

Sub-Culture present:  An Introduction to Sonic Warfare by Steve Goodman AKA Kode 9

@ Dada, 115 Xing Fu Lu, near FaHuaZhen Lu

Free Entry, Doors @ 9pm, Starts @ 10pm

‘An Introduction To…’ is a new series of music and sound related lectures, discussions and workshops brought to you by Sub:Culture (Sub-Culture, Sub-Cinema, Sub-Culture Radio). Each event we will invite a guest speaker to lead a discussion, give a talk or conduct a workshop on their own specialist subjects/skills, from music production workshops and speeches on music history to photo exhibitions and hands-on music lessons (in both English and Chinese whenever possible) .

For our first event we are very excited to present a lecture by Steve Goodman AKA Kode 9, introducing the subjects and theories behind in his recently published book ‘Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect and the Ecology of Fear’.


Sound can be deployed to produce discomfort, express a threat, or create an ambiance of fear or dread—to produce a bad vibe. Sonic weapons of this sort include the “psychoacoustic correction” aimed at Panama strongman Manuel Noriega by the U.S. Army and at the Branch Davidians in Waco by the FBI, sonic booms (or “sound bombs”) over the Gaza Strip, and high-frequency rat repellents used against teenagers in malls. At the same time, artists and musicians generate intense frequencies in the search for new aesthetic experiences and new ways of mobilizing bodies in rhythm. In Sonic Warfare, Steve Goodman explores these uses of acoustic force and how they affect populations.


Steve Goodman is a Lecturer in Music Culture at the School of Sciences, Media, and Cultural Studies at the University of East London, a member of the CCRU (Cybernetic Culture Research Unit), and the founder of the record label Hyperdub. He produces bass-driven electronic music under the name Kode9 and is also a member of the sound art collective Audint.

This event will be presented in English only.

Next Up – Sunday 24th October – Sub:Culture present ‘An Introduction to Randy’s Roots and Reggae’ by Clive Chin – Photo Exhibition and presentation @ The Source


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