Air Guitar & American Sign Language

Amber Galloway Gallego, a sign language interpreter from San Antonio, has appeared in viral videos on social media, performing the songs of ASAP Rocky, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Future, Adele, Drake, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. She augments American Sign Language, which has its own grammatical and syntactical rules and norms, to create musical translations that communicate […]

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Shadow Conducting and the Phonograph: Why Men Play Imaginary Instruments in the Dark

The development of the ability to record sound in the late 19th century and emergence of the phonograph as a consumer technology in the early 20th century spurred a century of new private listening practices, in which people could listen to recorded music in the privacy of their own homes. That is to say: One can hardly […]

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Air Guitar World Championships 2015: Declension Narratives, Historicization, and World Peace

The New York Times officially recognized the Air Guitar World Championships in its “Weekend Briefing” column, adding to the countless times the Times has mentioned air guitar competitions in the past 35 years. One always wonders: Is visibility increasing? Will air guitar competitions finally break into the mainstream? Or do brief references to air guitar only sustain […]

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