New dissertation title: "Vibrating Negative Space: listening and healing in the practice of sound baths."
What is a sound bath?:
"A Sound Bath is a collective and individual somatic listening event where a facilitator uses a variety of instruments usually including crystal or Tibetan sound bowls to lead participants through a sonic and vibrational experience that is often therapeutic, spiritual, meditative, musical, and contemplative. The performative practice technique and choice of instrumentation often places emphasis on playing instruments to create a drone affect and allowing space for a focused presence of harmonic overtones. The sounds awash the space where the Sound Bath is held and submerge the listener's body in a bath of vibrations"
Hmm what to say... I suppose I've learned a lot.
To be brief here's a delicate trace of where I'm at post-what-happened-last-year in regard to my research:
UPDATE ON THE DISS:
As for what this project is called... I'm still struggling with a title but it will come.
As for what this project is about here's what I've got as of right now:
"My dissertation project is about listening and healing in the practice of Sound Baths."
"This projects defines what a Sound Bath is and how it relates to the practice of Sound Meditation. The three major sections of this dissertation put New Age thought on music and sound, academic writing on listening, and a question of ethics in regard to the act of healing into conversation with each other.
The first section traces the development of New Age thought as it relates to sound, vibration, and modernist history of science.
The second section offers a literature review on academic discourse on listening, deep listening, and the theorization of the concepts of corporeal listening and incorporeal listening.
The third section investigates the ethics of healing and investigates a series of questions. These questions are: What does it mean to heal? What does it mean to hold space for healing? How should one engage with indigenous spiritualities? Does healing matter?
Binding these three sections together is a narrative of the history and current practice of the sound bath based in archival documents and auto-ethnography."
My goal is to be ABD by December 2017. Looking forward to the next leg of this journey. In my next post I'll talk about some of my plans for the next couple of months...
I'm still here. <3