Big Names: Attribution, Tribute and Technology in Brazilian Funk
When: Wednesday, March 11 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Where: Room SS&H 1246 (STS /CSIS Room)
Lunch provided. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.
Funk carioca, funk from Rio de Janeiro,becomes possible through extensive networks of people, sounds, payola, gifts, tribute, and technologies. I explore various economies of reciprocity in the music genreand how they relate to attribution of authorship and ownership. Names—of DJs, MCs, sound systems, and websites—become important as they are associated with, dubbed over, or erased from songs or sound samples to either expand or control their circulation. Furthermore, historically Brazilian patterns of patronage and personalismo shape how musicians utilize new technologies to extend their personal networks, build their names, and appeal to DJs to be played. The logics of intellectual property and authorship are inverted—musicians often pay to play and the song’s destination (the DJ) rather than its origin (the composer) is named and credited in the lyrics.
Alexandra Lippman is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Innovating Communication in Scholarship project at the University of California, Davis and is affiliated with Science and Technology Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. Her primary research explores how globalizing alternative intellectual property practices impact digital media, access to knowledge, and music in Brazil. She has published in Norient and Anthropology Today and is the founder of the Sound Ethnography Project.
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