Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Mass Communication and Media Arts

First Advisor

Needham, Jay


This thesis project represents the culmination of my interests in sonic arts, phonography, musical performance, historical preservation, and class equality. The performance Plowing Lacquer and Polishing Noise: A Mudsill's Methodology features the music of Southern Illinois performed on homemade jug band style instruments. The performance also features my sound art sculptures, The Shintonarumori and The Gatlingophone. This paper examines the personal, historical, social, and economic factors that have inspired this media arts thesis project, including my ideological media arts theory entitled The Harakiri Manifesto. This thesis paper concludes with a brief pondering on the democratizing power of music and sound recording.




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