Sound and the sonic are vibrant parts of the richly textured worlds we inhabit – how often does a song remind you of a particular time or place in your life? Or perhaps you associate a certain type of sound or music with an emotion or culture? Many of our experiences and feelings are defined by what we hear. But what will the future sound like? As globalization rapidly expands, redefining and blurring cultural lines, what will be the cultural remix of the future? Furthermore, looking backwards and forwards, how has the sonic shaped our histories and how will it impact our future experiences? Music and sound form a core part of historical identity and exploration, but as our sonic identities continue to shift at an almost breakneck pace will this still prove a useful tool? Or will the role of sound/music take on an entirely new and unforeseen function?
Josh Kun is a polymathic practitioner, holding a joint appointment as an Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism and Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity. Professor Kun's research focuses on the arts and politics of cultural connection, with an emphasis on popular music, the cultures of globalization, the US-Mexico border, and Jewish-American musical history. He is director of The Popular Music Project at USC Annenberg's The Norman Lear Center and co-editor of the book series "Refiguring American Music" for Duke University Press. He founded the USC Annenberg Distinguished Lecture Series on Latin American Arts & Culture, which he now runs in collaboration with the USC Latino Alumni Association.