Daniel B. Sharp

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Daniel B. Sharp is a music and sound scholar trained in ethnomusicology who focuses on popular and experimental music in the Americas. He is Associate Professor and Chair of Music at Tulane University, jointly appointed in Latin American Studies. His first two books are about Brazilian musicians working to overturn sedimented ways of understanding nostalgia and the primitive. The project he will be working on at A Studio in the Woods is “Playfully imagining alien ears in The Discovery of Voyager: a performance in a New Orleans sculpture garden,” a chapter in a book project about the immersive sound art installation known as the Music Box Village. The Discovery of Voyager was an impish speculative production drawing on Sun Ra’s Afro-Futurism that imagined the implications of inhabitants of another planet listening to the Golden Record launched into space in 1977 on board NASA’s Voyager probes.