Can I sing a carnival song? Listening to ethnographic sounds at a pasodoble ¾ rhythm [Abstract]

Recommended citation

Sergidou, K. (2018). ‘Can I sing a carnival song? Listening to ethnographic sounds at a pasodoble ¾ rhythm’, entanglements, 1(2): 62-66.

 

 

Abstract

This paper briefly presents part of my Fieldnotes’ journal on the Cadiz Carnival of Andalucia and more specifically part of the narrations of women who participate in the carnival fiestas. During our online interviews, some of them spontaneously asked me whether they could sing a carnival copla. The fieldnotes concern the forms our online dialogues take on social media, mobile apps and Skype and they include voice messages, photographs, web links and transcripts of recorded conversations. Τhe voice of women, which is marginalized during the carnival contest, is brought forward. Our online dialogues create a unique chronotope which reshapes the distance between the interlocutors. In my fieldnotes I record a series of questions that emerge from this shared experience which gradually shifts my interest from the content to the way the narration is performed. With my interlocutors, I explore the limits between private and recorded conversation, I record the unique ways by which women try to translate their andalucian dialect, and I try to follow the online memory trails our deferred conversation leaves behind, in order to reconstruct their narrations.