• Calling out the nameless: CocoRosie's Posthuman sound world

    Author(s):
    Jake Johnson (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    American Musicological Society, Music and Sound
    Subject(s):
    Musicology, Popular Music Studies, Queer and feminist performance, Sound studies, Voice
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Popular music, posthumanism, Queer Studies, sound studies, voice
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6PV7M
    Abstract:
    “To engage with CocoRosie requires absolute suspension of disbe- lief,” writes The Guardian. This has as much to do with their music as their appearance, for sisterly duo CocoRosie have embraced what they call a “posthuman kind of style” rooted in the dissolution of gender. In an effort to imagine a world beyond human constructions of gender, CocoRosie creates a sound world that reflects this aesthetic of a genderless futurity. Following Donna Haraway’s notion of the posthuman occupying a “post-gender world” and Drew Daniel’s contention that “all sound is queer,” supposing sound can sound gendered or de-gendered centers the discussion of posthumanity around the production and reception of sound. This discussion of CocoRosie, then, offers music scholars a particularly apt discursive model for examining what a post-gender (and thus posthuman) sound world sounds like. CocoRosie’s strange music, I contend, carries a transformative impulse and in turn sounds the undoing of gender itself.
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