I'm an anthropologist studying creative uses of technology, alternative intellectual property, music, and soundscapes.
This blog is also a space for experiments in sound studies, studio biographies, and ethnography as I conduct my fieldwork in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Author Archives: Alexandra Lippman
A few weeks ago, I was lucky to DJ a truly green party: Movable Party, a pedal-powered dance party in LA. Participants on three bikes with hub motors powered speakers, a mixer, and laptop in a corner of MacArthur Park … Continue reading
Bringing together academics, musicians, and critics, this year’s EMP Pop Conference is happening right now simultaneously in Seattle, Cleveland (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), New York, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. The localization lends itself to the “Locals Only: … Continue reading
André Ramiro debuted as an actor in Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad), a film famously billed as the most watched Brazilian DVD ever. A leaked version of the film flooded the streets of Brazil to be sold by camelô (street … Continue reading
I’m excited to be co-organizing this conference with Ameeth Vijay and C.J. Gordon!
“What would you do if you organized the baptism of your son, or the birthday party of your daughter, and the police banned the event a few hours before it starts? This is happening in many favelas of Rio. Because … Continue reading
I feel extremely lucky to meet Maga Bo through my fieldwork a few years ago. He is one of the most adventurous, yet deeply tranquil people I know anywhere. He has finished a new album and is seeking help with … Continue reading
Originally posted on Dutty Artz: A week before Rio Parada Funk, the largest baile funk ever, Brazil’s Institute for Historical Patrimony and National Art (IPHAN) informed the press that they were going to veto its location in the historical epicenter … Continue reading
Originally posted on DUTTY ARTZ [Go to :37 to skip the song's credit intro] Well not “pirates” exactly, but camelô, hawkers. For years I thought street vendors were called “camels” (camelo) and wondered about the connection. And, in Rio de … Continue reading
“I’m going to the gay parade because my dad’s gay,” I heard from outside my window as I woke up two Sundays ago. My neighbor’s 16 year old grandson repeated this to whoever passed through our beco (alley) in Rocinha. … Continue reading