Barrett Martin

Barrett Martin, MA is an American drummer (Skin Yard, Screaming Trees, and Mad Season), composer and producer. After earning his master's degree in anthropology, linguistics, and ethnomusicology from the University Of New Mexico, he was appointed adjunct professor in the Liberal Arts Department at Antioch University, Seattle, Washington.



"Preserving Musical Memory: Physical Space and Socio-Economic-Cultural Identity"

Indigenous myth-narratives around the world—such as the Australian Aboriginal Songlines, Amazonian Song Weavings, Apache Wisdom Stories, West African Griot Narratives—hold much in common with American music space narratives. The musical performances and socio-historical events are time-bound to the physical space itself. The myth-narrative-songs of the performances serve to reinforce the memory of the people, their socio-economic-cultural identity, and the geographic location of the music scene itself.

Pre-Internet music required that the people "show up" physically to participate in the event, usually spurred by word of mouth. That singular circumstance caused people to be affected by the music directly—in other words, they were altered by the live music and the social conditions under which the live music occurred. Rather than waiting for the music to “arrive” at their homes via the Internet—which may or may not draw them out into a live music setting—pre-Internet music patrons were more open to the potentially transformative experience of the event. In this way, music had more of a direct effect on society in the pre-Internet era. Today, music has become a digital derivative/byproduct of finicky consumer tastes that lack the adventurous spirit of past musical movements from jazz to grunge. Pre-Internet music was a social statement.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, March 24

11:15am EDT