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The Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics

ISSN: 2472-7318


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kansas city hear I come: Sonic curation for Civic impact

by Abigail Lambke, Avila University

Welcome to the home landing page for the webtext "Kansas City Hear I Come: Sonic Curation for Civic Impact." On the home page, visitors-listener-readers can access all the audio together and the works cited and sampled. All tracks are provided in the playlist below and will play in sequence. Clicking on either the images for the tracks or the links below brings you to individual pages with audio divided into sections and full transcripts. 

  • Track 1 “Soundscape” represents Kansas City sonically in 5 minutes
  • Track 2 “Sound Effects” focuses on how professionals at two locations enact sonic curation to achieve a specific mission
  • Track 3 “Resonance” provides a philosophic underpinning for the webtext and probes into how sound operates curatorially due to its invisibility, participation, interiority, and simultaneity
  • Track 4 “Frequency” functions as an extended Artist Statement with descriptions of choices made when creating this webtext and commentary on the process of sonic scholarship



A cluster of trees growing alongside a river.



A stop sign at the intersection of 18th and Vine Street, Kansas City.


Sound Effects


Rainbow wrapped Ride KC streetcar.





Abigail Lambke at the American Jazz Museum, sitting at the In the Mix Station



Complete track list

Works Cited and sampled

Adams, Sara Elizabeth. Personal Interview. 26 July 2019.

Audano, Frant. “137.5 Decibels at Arrowhead!” YouTube, 13 Oct. 2013,

 “Clean Up Kansas City.” Ed Roche Collection, Marr Sound Archives, UMKC, undated.CJOnline.

Big Joe Turner. “Shake Rattle and Roll.” Corrine, Corinna. JDC Records, 2016.

Big Joe Turner. “Flip, Flop and Fly” Boss Man Blues, Fuel Records, 2006.

Bmccoy2. “KCNov72014Gates.mp3.” FreeSound, 26 Nov. 2014,

Caro, Ralph. Personal Interview. 25 June 2019.

Ceraso, Steph. Sounding Composition: Multimodal Pedagogies for Embodied Listening. U of Pittsburgh P, 2018.

Clifford-Napoleone, Amber R. Queering Kansas City Jazz: Gender, Performance, and the History of a Scene. U of Nebraska P, 2018.

Conrad, Edward A. Kansas City Streetcars: From Hayburners to Streamliners. Heartland Rails Publishing, 2011.

Count Basie & His Orchestra “I Left My Baby” The Real Kansas City of the ‘20s, ‘30s & ‘40s, Columbia, 1996.

Count Basie and the Kansas City 7. “Secrets.” Apo, 2010.

Cox, Christoph. Sonic Flux: Sound, Art, and Metaphysics. U of Chicago P, 2018.

DadofMOJO. ““Let’s Go Royals!” Chant.” YouTube, 19 Mar. 2015,

Driggs, Frank and Chuck Haddix. Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop a History. Oxford UP, 2006.

Duckmacgyver. “Kansas River Kayaking.” YouTube, 24 Aug. 2015,

Edmunds, R. David. The Otoe-Missouria People. Indian Tribal Series, 1976.

George E. Lee’s Novelty Singing Orchestra. “Paseo Street (Strut).” The Real Kansas City of the ‘20s, ‘30s & ‘40s, Columbia, 1996.

Griffin, G. S. Racism in Kansas City: A Short History. Chandler Lake Books, 2015.

Henderson, Fletcher & His Orchestra. “Queer Notions.” The Real Kansas City of the ‘20s, ‘30s & ‘40s, Columbia, 1996.

Haddix, Chuck. Personal Interview. 18 June 2019.

Harrison, Wilber. “Kansas City.” Greatest Hits & Rarities. Varese Sarabande, 2014.

Holiday, Billie & Her Orchestra. “Long Gone Blues.” The Real Kansas City of the ‘20s, ‘30s & ‘40s, Columbia, 1996.

 “Inauguration of Mayor Bartle.” Ed Roche Collection, Marr Sound Archives, UMKC, 11 Mar. 1955.

 “Kansas Prairie Burning in the Flint Hills.” YouTube, 29, Apr. 2017,

KCPT Kids. “Jazz Storytelling – Around KC.” YouTube, 12 Apr. 2018,

"KC's American Jazz Museum is Struggling to Change - And to Rein in Spending." Kansas City Star, 16 May 2018,

Long, Derek. Personal Interview. 18 June 2019.

McShann, Jay & His Orchestra. “Swingmatism.” The Real Kansas City of the ‘20s, ‘30s & ‘40s, Columbia, 1996.

McShann, Jay. “Going to Kansas City” Best of Friends. JSP Records, 2008.  

“Our City Manager.” Ed Roche Collection, Marr Sound Archives, UMKC,

Miller, Roger. “Kansas City Star.” The Hits. Hickory Records, 2011.

Musgraves, Kacey. “Kansas City Star.” King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller. GMG, 2018.

Potter, James. Digital Media and Learner Identity: The New Curatorship. Palgrave Macmillian, 2012.

Romano, Pete. “Sporting Kansas City Cauldron Chanting.” YouTube, 4 June 2017,

Schirmer, Sherry Lamb. A City Divided: The Racial Landscape of Kansas City, 1900-1960, U of Missouri P, 2002.

Shortridge, James R. Kansas City and How it Grew 1822 – 2011. UP of Kansas, 2012.

Skrubbe, Jessica Sjoholm, editor. Curating Differently: Feminisms, Exhibitions and Curatorial Spaces. Cambridge Scholars, 2016.

Tech N9ne. “It’s Alive.” YouTube, 18 Jan. 2014,

Turque, Bill, et al. "KC Budget Includes $1 Million More for Jazz Museum. When Will Taxpayers Say "Enough."" Kansas City Star. 24 Feb. 2019, 

Voegelin, Salomé. "Aurality and Environment." Festival de Arte Sonoro Espanol, YouTube, 13 Dec. 2016, 

---. Sonic Possible Worlds: Hearing the Continuum of Sound. Bloomsbury, 2014.

---. “The Uses and Abuses of Field Recording.” CRiSAP, 3 Nov. 2015,

Walter Page’s Blue Devils. “Blue Devil Blues.” The Real Kansas City of the ‘20s, ‘30s & ‘40s, Columbia, 1996.

Weber, Bruce. “Jazz, Honors and Politics; A New Museum Pays Tribute to Musicians but Stirs Criticism.” Kansas City Star, 5 Jan. 1998.

Whitney, Marva. “Daddy Don’t Know About Sugar Bears.” RareMusicDirect, YouTube, 27 Sept. 2009,

Williams, Mary Lou. “Little Joe from Chicago.” The Real Kansas City of the ‘20s, ‘30s & ‘40s, Columbia, 1996.