Decolonizing Sound Questions /October 19, 2014 by Sharmi Basu THESE ARE THE QUESTIONS FROM THE LADYFEST DECOLONIZING SOUND WORKSHOPPLEASE ANSWER FULLY IF POSSIBLE!! Name * Name First Name Last Name Email Address * Gender * Race * 1. How do you feel this moment is developing musically and how do you feel your music fits into this either in genre, form, community, whatever. 2. In what ways do you feel community or communal activities influence / help form your art practice? Maybe speak to your communities and your own practice? What ways do you support each other, what does the collective provide for you? 3. How do you feel your music is/is not political? What role does identity play for you? 4. I am interested in buddhist concepts of non-self... of having a relative and universal self. Performance, in many ways, allows gendered and racialized bodies to exist in both worlds: to both be seen and carry whatever comes with that visibility and at the same time create space that exists only for that moment and is constructed via the sounds we catalyze. The moments of liberation that exist within the presence of performance can serve as a glimpse of what musical autonomy can look like. That said, what do you feel performance contributes to/takes away from identity? 5. In regards to self-expression and artistic practice, what have your experiences been in/out of institution? Systemically, academically and in autonomous communities? 6. Do you think there is anything special about this moment in time? Yes? No? Why? Anything else? Thank you!