Listen to my most recent podcast episode

Kalpana Subramanian and Juan Castrillón, Harlem 2019.

“Aesthetics of Breath” is the new episode of the SMRN podcast channel I recorded with my colleague and talented filmmaker and curator Kalpana Subramanian. The episode was published by Creative Disturbance, an international online platform of The ArtSciLab of The University of Texas at Dallas. The episode explores non-Western genealogies of breath in connection with notions of subjectivity, affectivity and becoming.

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Published by Juan Castrillon

His current research as UPENN PhD student is centered on developing a broader genealogy of the concept of “mystical audition,” in the Turk-Ottoman musical thought; and exploring aurality formation in Colombian Amazon musical practices, and the ways in which this process has been able to produce bodies, instruments, and repertoires and to amplify modalities of wisdom that both manage health and regulate spirituality. His methodology includes fieldwork, repatriation of old recordings to Amazon communities, Ottoman Music Theory books’ analysis, and discussions about sonic narratives, recording techniques and musical practices understood as an historical technics of subjective transformation’ process.

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