Slow Food Columbia is one of 200+ Slow Food USA chapters, located in Columbia, South Carolina. Our mission is to support the movement behind GOOD, CLEAN and FAIR foodways in the Midlands and beyond. Our convivium hosts workshops, potlucks and other events throughout the year to celebrate local + seasonal flavors; to showcase the culinary talents of our region's chefs, farmers, + artisan producers; to strengthen connections between members of our local food community; and to educate the public about the importance of knowing where your food comes from.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Food and Music Synergy: Is there such a thing?

Hi all, 
The following stems from a blog I just wrote, but I'd also appreciate any feedback through the survey link at the end of this blog.  
Sarah Quick
Slow Food Columbia guest blogger

Food and Music Synergy: Is there such a thing?
I've recently been considering the food movement research I have been doing against musical ideals and preferences. Initially, I had basically compartmentalized my research interests, only joining the food research in a very vague way to other previous research interests in the way heritage is conceived. 

However, this year's Society for Ethnomusicology meetings spurred me on to explore food and music as possibly not so separate spheres of action and thought. I saw a call for papers by graduate student Andrew Mark asking panelists to consider "Sound Ecology?: Theories, Places and Parallels for Ecomusicology," and I decided to do a last minute proposal for a paper idea. Besides allowing me to explore my recent research interests in a different way, this panel has introduced me to "ecomusicology" as a concept.  Another provocative and entertaining connection between music and food that has come my way of late:  The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra.
So my recent research has been pretty exploratory, involving my participation as a fiddler with my friend Amy on guitar at the All Local Farmer's Market in Columbia and interviews. Quoting my earlier paper abstract, I seek to understand the social and cultural relationships between these food and musical sensibilities. Are these intersections recognized? If so, how do these practitioners view such relationships—as spurious, as central, as metaphorical? Does their musical praxis reflect, refract or obscure their ideological stances regarding sustainability and ecological matters? 

Another way I have started "collecting data" is through a survey instrument. If you are at anyway active in the local and/or Slow Food movement in the Columbia region of South Carolina, please take the survey!  It should take you less than 10 minutes, and you  can always "opt out" once inside.  

Here's the link:


Frank said...

Will the farmer's market be at 701 Whaley tomorrow (Sat Nov 5)? or city roots?

Tracie Broom said...

Hi Frank, sorry we didn't catch your question before Saturday morning! Hope you found the market ok.

And Sarah, thanks for this awesome post! I would love to know what other Slow Food folks think about the topic.