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“Ravel” by Mary Dalton (a cento from Hooking, 2013)

This weekend I’m giving a talk at the Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Technique of Cento Texts, hosted by the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The poem I’ll be discussing as a case study is “Ravel” by Mary Dalton, from her book of centos, Hooking (Véhicule P, 2013). I’m sharing an annotated copy of that poem here so other delegates can read it, since it is hard enough to find in Canada, never mind elsewhere. (I’m sharing this copy under educational fair dealing auspices, and will delete it from this post after the weekend.)

Stay At Home Dance Party Megamix

Click here for downloadable MP3 version.

One year ago today, I DJ’d ACCUTE’s annual Congress dance party, then held at UBC. In lieu of The 2020 ACCUTE Dance Party That Wasn’t, here’s two and a half hours’ worth of random, mashed-up jams and grooves (75 min at about 112 bpm, then 75 min at 127 bpm).

In recognition of the Congress theme that we still need — viz., Confronting Colonialism & Anti-Black Racism — this mix kicks off with Rascalz, Kardinal Offishal et al’s “Northern Touch” remix by A Tribe Called Red; the mix also includes vintage Eric B and Rakim, and Run The Jewels’ “Early,” a sharp critique of police brutality and racism. Black lives matter.

Stay at home and play it loud. Dance in your PJs; lace up your roller skates; vogue on the veranda. You do you. Next year in Edmonton.

Track list:

  1. 00:00  Rascalz, Checkmate, Kardinal Offishal, Choclair and Thrust, “Northern Touch” (A Tribe Called Red remix)
  2. 03:23 Eric B. and Rakim, “Paid in Full”
  3. 06:13 Sofi Tukker, Nervo, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno, “Best Friend”
  4. 08:51 The Chemical Brothers, “Loops of Fury”
  5. 14:06 Groove Armada, “If Everybody Looked the Same”
  6. 17:42 Britney Spears, “I’m a Slave 4 U”
  7. 20:42 Daddy Yankee feat. Snow, “Con Calma”
  8. 23:20 Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Wanz, “Thrift Shop”
  9. 26:35 Adham Shaikh, “Water Prayer Rasta mix” (Matt the Alien remix)
  10. 27:42 Blondie, “The Tide Is High” (samples the Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Amputation”)
  11. 31:19 Shakira and Nicky Jam, “Perro Fiel”
  12. 33:57 Doja Cat, “Say So”
  13. 37:25 The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Get On Home” (sampling Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Black Heart,” ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down,” and the Sisters of Mercy’s “Lucretia My Reflection”)
  14. 41:03 Carly Rae Jepsen, “Black Heart’ (sampling ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down” and the Sisters of Mercy’s “Lucretia My Reflection”)
  15. 43:36 Erasure, “Victim Of Love” (sampling Justin Timberlake’s “Sexyback”)
  16. 47:01 A Tribe Called Red, “Suplex”
  17. 49:20 Deee-Lite, “What Is Love?”
  18. 52:55 Gwen Stefani, “Hollaback Girl” (sampling Adham Shaikh’s “Water Prayer Rasta mix” and My Bloody Valentine’s “Soon” [Andrew Weatherall mix])
  19. Lorde, “Teams” (sampling Adham Shaikh’s “Water Prayer Rasta mix,” Bloody Valentine’s “Soon” [Andrew Weatherall mix], and Cabaret Voltaire’s “Sensoria”)
  20. 59:19 Madonna, “Vogue” (sampling Cabaret Voltaire’s “Sensoria” and Public Enemy’s “Welcome To The Terrordome”)
  21. 1:03:38 La Roux, “Bulletproof” (sampling Cabaret Voltaire’s “Sensoria” and Public Enemy’s “Welcome To The Terrordome”)
  22. 1:06:01 Cornershop, “Brimful of Asha” (sampling Panjabi MC’s “Beware of the Boys” and My Bloody Valentine’s “Soon” [Andrew Weatherall mix])
  23. 1:11:24 Panjabi MC, “Beware of the Boys” excerpt
  24. 1:11:41 Morcheeba, “Shoulder Holster”
  25. 1:14:31 My Bloody Valentine, “Soon” (Andrew Weatherall mix)
  26. 1:15:45 The Chemical Brothers, “Free Yourself”
  27. 1:19:31 Ariana Grande, “7 Rings” (Le Brion house remix)
  28. 1:23:17 M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
  29. 1:27:33 The Chemical Brothers, “No Geography”
  30. 1:30:27 T-Rex, “Bang a Gong”
  31. 1:34:27 Bruce Springsteen, “Badlands”
  32. 1:38:00 Sinead O’Connor, “Mandinka”
  33. 1:41:38 99 Souls, Destiny’s Child and Brandy, “The Girl Is Mine”
  34. 1:44:47 Flo Rida and Nelly Furtado, “Low”
  35. 1:47:59 Azealia Banks and Lazy Jay, “212” (sampling Run The Jewels’ “Early” and Taylor Swift’s “Starlight”)
  36. Run The Jewels, “Early” (sampling Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”)
  37. Taylor Swift, “Starlight” excerpt (sampling Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” [Cedric Gervais remix])
  38. 1:55:41 The Almighty Beatfreakz, “Resident Soundboyz”
  39. 2:00:32 RIP, “Jump” (club mix)
  40. 2:04:14 Rogue Element, “Rogue One” (sampling the Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man”)
  41. 2:11:01 Go Home Productions, “Velvet Sugar” (mashup of the Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man” and “The Gift” with the Archies’ “Sugar”)
  42. 2:13:52 Scandal, “The Warrior” (sampling God Within’s “Raincry (Spiritual Thirst),” Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” and David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel”)
  43. 2:17:27 God Within, “Raincry (Spiritual Thirst)”
  44. 2:21:30 Inaya Day, “Hold Your Head Up High” (Soul Avengerz vocal mix)
  45. Boogie Pimps and Jefferson Airplane, “Somebody to Love” (Salt Shaker remix; sampling Hunter S. Thompson reading from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)

 

 

Link

Who owns copyright in what you publish?

“Who owns copyright in what you publish?” is the talk I delivered for #ACCUTE2019 at this year’s Congress in Vancouver, and it’s now online, in full, as a post for English Matters, the blog of the Association of Canadian College & University Teachers of English.

“There are many interests vying for rights to your research, and many ways to assert or regain your own control over those rights. It’s important to know what the main regulatory contexts are — and what your options are.”

Read the full text of the talk at accute.ca/accute-blog/.

This research has been supported with the generous assistance of Athabasca University’s Academic & Professional Development Fund.

Link & track list for Dr Teeth’s live DJ set for #ACCUTE2019 @ UBC’s encore #CongreSSH

ICYMI, here you can stream the DJ set I played at #ACCUTE2019 (or DM me if you want a DL version).

Track list:

00:00 Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, “Under your always light”
04:20 Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, “Under your always light (Teequa remix)”
05:42 Underworld, “Born slippy” [sampled 05:42-06:29]
07:42 Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq, “You got to run (Spirit of the wind)”
08:06 Fatboy Slim, “Going out of my head” [sampled 08:06-11:20]
10:52 A Tribe Called Red featuring Buffy Sainte-Marie, “Working for the government” (2015 mix)
14:46 Lizzo, “Good as hell (BNDR remix)”
17:58 Taylor Swift, “Blank space (Jump Smokers remix)” [19:22-19:42: i turnt down the tunes to rock the mic with welcome & inviting of requests]
22:22 Armand van Helden featuring Duane Harden, “You don’t know me”
26:12 Walk the Moon, “Shut up and dance”
29:20 Operators, “Cold light”
32:14 The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Head on”
36:28 The Cult, “Sanctuary”
40:34 Michael Jackson, “Wanna be startin’ somethin'”
45:57 Erasure, “Blue Savannah”
50:16 Tom Haverford aka Aziz Ansari, Sample from “Banger Test” Parks & Recreation S6E18
50:23 Scissor Sisters, “I don’t feel like dancin'”
54:11 Jimmy Cliff, “Wonderful world, beautiful people” [sample]
55:03 Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean, “Hips don’t lie”
58:13 Daddy Yankee featuring Snow, “Con calma”
1:00:54 Rascalz featuring Checkmate, Kardinal Offishal, Thrust & Choclair, “Northern Touch (A Tribe Called Red remix featuring Black Bear)”
1:04:34 Warren G featuring Nate Dogg, “Regulate”
1:08:23 Harry Nilsson, “Gotta get up”
1:10:50 Taylor Swift feat. Brendon Urie, “ME!”
1:12:08-:56 John Holt, “Police in helicopter (Benny L remix)” [sample]
1:13:44 Robyn, “Dancing on my own”
1:18:06 Whitney Houston, “How will I know”
1:22:26 Prince, “Raspberry beret (12″ extended mix)”
1:27:44 Arcade Fire, “Everything now”
1:32:27 New Order, “Bizarre love triangle”
1:38:54 Dexy’s Midnight Runners, “Come on Eileen”
1:42:50 Men Without Hats, “Safety dance”
1:45:18 Redbone, “Come and get your love”
1:49:20 The Tragically Hip, “New Orleans is sinking”
1:53:31 The Smiths, “Bigmouth strikes again”
1:56:37 Mariah Carey, “Fantasy”
2:00:49 Lizzo, “Truth hurts”
2:03:12 Drake, “Nice for what”
2:06:20 Blackstreet featuring Dr Dree & Queen Pen, “No diggity”
2:10:23 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, “Thrift shop”
2:14:00 Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
2:16:35 ABBA, “Dancing queen”
2:18:44 Eric B & Rakim, “Paid in full (Coldcut remix)” [sample]
2:20:06 The Bee Gees, “Stayin’ alive”
2:24:44 Roxette, “The look”
2:28:00 Boney M, “Rasputin”
2:32:23 Rihanna, “Don’t stop the music”
2:35:31 Pulp, “Common people”
2:41:12 The Clash, “Rock the Casbah”
2:44:41 AC/DC, “You shook me all night long”
2:47:53 Lady Gaga, “Born this way”
2:51:20 Harry Belafonte, “Jump In the Line (Shake Shake Senora)”
2:54:56 Michael Jackson, “Billie Jean”
2:59:32 Queen featuring David Bowie, “Under pressure”
3:03:07 Madonna, “Vogue”
3:07:44 Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow”
3:11:19 Deadmau5 & Leonard Cohen, “Complications want it darker (Dr Teeth mashup)”
3:15:02 Salt-N-Pepa, “Push it”
3:19:27 Marvin Gaye, “Got to give it up”
3:23:14 Prince, “Baltimore”
3:27:27 Donna Summer, “Last dance”

Research on unions and science fiction, mobilized

Last summer, the annual WorldCon (World Science Fiction Convention) included a panel, based on my & Bob Barnetson’s research on representations of unions in science fiction, that featured some of the authors I and co-author Bob Barnetson had discussed, namely Eric Flint and Cory Doctorow. (Wish I’d been there!)

Since then, that panel’s organizer, Olav Rokne, has hosted a still-continuing conversation on this topic via his Twitter account; see the thread (and Rokne’s excellent blog post):

(BTW, if you want a copy of Barnetson’s and my article, “Resistance is futile: on the under-representation of unions in science fiction,” e-mail me a request or see this link for details.)

In related news, I’m finally watching the enthralling TV series The Expanse, based on the eponymous novels by James S.A. Corey, which I think I’ll have to read too, since unions feature so prominently in this story — and, refreshingly, are depicted in a nuanced and more positive than negative light. (They’re about more than strikes, here; they enact an ethos of community, democracy, and the greater good.)

“Frost and desolation”: AU #Frankenreads, 10-12, Oct. 31, at the Matrix Hotel

[full track list at bottom]

Amidst frost and desolation, amidst the everlasting ices of the north — that is, in Edmonton, Alberta — Athabasca University, Canada’s open university, will host a multi-disciplinary, multimedia symposium on Frankenstein, as part of the worldwide Frankenreads event happening on Hallowe’en 2018.

Where? The Matrix Hotel, Edmonton.

When? 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Oct. 31, 2018.

Please RSVP here to attend in-person online via live stream. (If you can attend in person, we encourage you to attend in costume 🙂

Schedule of proceedings:

10:00-10:25 – Arrivals & coffee set to a multimedia prelude, Canadian Frankensteins, mixed by Dr Mark A. McCutcheon (AU Frankenreads organizer, Professor of Literary Studies, & author of The Medium Is the Monster)

10:25 – Welcoming remarks by Dr McCutcheon

10:30-10:45 – – Dr Paul Kellogg (Chair of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies & Associate Professor of Integrated Studies): “The social construction of ‘monsters’ — from Frankenstein to Donald Trump”

10:45-11:00 – Dr Jolene Armstrong (President of the Athabasca U Faculty Association & Associate Professor of English): “‘It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn’: Negotiating liminality in the Netflix series The Frankenstein Chronicles

11:00-11:15 – Dr Angie Abdou (Associate Professor of Creative Writing and author of Home Ice and In Case I Go): “Sorcery Meets Science: The Frankenpheme in Andrew Pyper’s The Only Child

11:15-11:30 – Dr Mark A. McCutcheon: “Mary Shelley, Marshall McLuhan, and the discourse of technology”

11:30-12:00 – Question & Answer period

12:00 – 1:00 – Postlude: a Frankenreads Halloween DJ mix, which might sound a bit like the demo mix linked at top.

The full track list of that mix is as follows:

  1. 00:00 Parliament – Prelude to The Clones of Dr Funkenstein
  2. 01:39 Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Cryptkickers – The Monster Mash
  3. 04:35 Peter Tosh – Vampire
  4. 07:44 Byron Lee & The Dragonaires – Frankenstein Ska
  5. 10:11 Brainbug – Nightmare (Sinister Strings mix)
  6. 17:04 Ladytron – Ghosts (Cassette Jam mix)
  7. 19:46 Burial – Ghost Hardware
  8. 21:56 Sinead O’Connor – I Am Stretched On Your Grave
  9. 25:41 Maestro Fresh Wes – Let Your Backbone Slide (Power mix)
  10. 29:53 Deadmau5 – Dr Funkenstein (original mix)
  11. 30:04 Deadmau5 & Michael Howe – Dr Funkenstein (Michael Howe remix)
  12. 31:37 Deadmau5 & Danny Jay – Dr Funkenstein (Danny Jay remix)
  13. 32:39 Deadmau5 – Moar Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff
  14. 35:41 Deadmau5 – Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff (instrumental version)
  15. 36:42 Michael Jackson – Thriller
  16. 41:34 Nine Inch Nails – Came Back Haunted
  17. 46:04 Siouxsie & The Banshees – Cities in Dust
  18. 49:48 Taco – Puttin’ On the Ritz*
  19. 53:06 The Paladin Project – Afraid Of the Dark
  20. 1:00:49 Deadmau5 – Complications
  21. 1:03:39 Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

* If you know why this song’s on the playlist, then you’ve done some homework.

 

“working out an inter-ACCUTE thought exercise” music mix

[In my post-#congreSSH post about this year’s ACCUTE dance party, I’d said I’d be following up with a post reflecting further on that event. Voilà: further thoughts, related to other current concerns, in the form of a DJ mix. What can I say? I have a phonographic memory.]

Playlist:

Link & track list for ACCUTE Dance Party 2018 recording

Here’s the at-a-glance track list for the recording of the set I DJed at ACCUTE’s 2018 dance party. (Mixcloud only reveals the full track list during real-time playback.) This isn’t a recording of the whole set, but it’s a generous sample.
I’ll be sharing further reflections on the event in a forthcoming post.

00:00:00 Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean, “Hips don’t lie”
00:03:19 N.O.R.E. feat. Nina Sky, “Oye mi canto”
00:06:36 Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
00:09:02 Sia feat. Sean Paul, “Cheap thrills”
00:12:05 Rihanna, “Pon de replay”
00:15:27 Mr Vegas, “Heads high”
00:18:20 Panjabi MC, “Beware of the boys (Mundian to bach ke)”
00:22:16 Lady Gaga, “Born this way (Bollywood remix)”
00:26:12 Boney M, “Rasputin”
00:30:26 Dead or Alive, “You spin me round (like a record)”
00:34:43 Depeche Mode, “I just can’t get enough”
00:38:15 Madonna, “Ray of light”
00:42:52 Cornershop, “Brimful of Asha (Fatboy Slim remix)”
00:46:45 Olivia Newton-John & E.L.O., “Xanadu”
00:50:00 Earth Wind & Fire, “September”
00:53:22 Spice Girls, “Wannabe”
00:56:09 Meatloaf, “Paradise by the dashboard lights”
01:04:23 Kenny Loggins, “Footloose”
01:08:10 Beyoncé, “Drunk in love”
01:13:02 Abhijeet & Anuranda Shriram, “Chunari chunari”
01:16:45 New Order, “Bizarre love triangle”
01:23:03 Drake, “Nice for what”
01:26:07 Nine Inch Nails, “Closer”
01:31:33 Tanya Stephens, “Good ride”
01:35:10 Missy Elliott, “Get ur freak on”
01:38:29 Soft Cell, “Tainted love”
01:41:05 Nena, “99 Luftballoons”
01:44:43 Lil Jon feat. Usher & Ludacris, “Yeah!”
01:48:52 Backstreet Boys, “Everybody” (+ samples of Lil Jon, “Outta your mind”)
01:53:24 Rihanna feat. Drake, “Work”
01:56:53 Ciara feat. Missy Elliott, “One two step”
01:59:55 Sean Paul, “We be burnin'”
2:03:20 Robyn, “Dancing on my own”
02:07:34 Groove Armada, “If everybody looked the same”
02:10:57 Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay, “212”
02:14:18 Capoeira Twins, “4 x 3”
02:18:40 Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock, “It takes two”
02:23:20 Major Lazer feat. VYNZ Kartel, “Pon de floor”
02:26:52 Beyoncé, “Run the world (Girls)”

29 May 2017: Academics’ views on Canada’s 2017 copyright review (free & open to public at #CongreSSH)

At 1:30 pm on May 29, at Congress hosted by Ryerson U in Toronto, I will be chairing Academics’ Perspectives on Canada’s 2017 copyright review — it will be an Open Congress panel, meaning it’s free and open to the public.

Speakers:

Sileshi Hirko (uOttawa and Open AIR): “Reframing User’s Right under Canadian Copyright Jurisprudence as a Human Right”
Lisa Macklem (Western U): “Copyright’s Role in Preserving and Ensuring Access to Culture: The Way Forward”
Meera Nair (NAIT): “Copyright Review 2017 – a Plea to the Academics”

This panel will share perspectives on the federal government’s upcoming review of Canada’s amended copyright law (tentatively scheduled for fall 2017). The public discourse on this review is dominated by the views of publishers and copyright holders’ intermediaries who are calling for the government to revise if not retract the legislative expansions regarding fair dealing. Rights holders’ lobbyists like Access Copyright and the Writers’ Union of Canada have been claiming that fair dealing is endangering Canadian publishing and content creation. How can educators and researchers (who, in these roles, are also promoters of culture) respond to these accusations and demonstrate the social and economic value of “dynamic fair dealing”?

The panel is hosted jointly by the Association of Canadian College & University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) and the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN).

My conference presentations for #congress2013

June 2, 2:45
CACLALS
Clearihue A-118
“Globalizing McLuhan’s discourse of technology in international scholarship.”
abstract TBA

June 3, 1:30
ACCUTE special session on Monstrosities
Clearihue A-315
“Monster mines and pipelines: Frankenstein figures of tar sands technology.”

June 5, 8:45
CSDH session on Digital Sound and the Spoken Word
Mathematics 102
“Is it live or is it Deadmau5? Adaptations of Frankenstein in Canadian EDM.”

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