"Making Music in Detroit" is an urban archaeological tour of landmarks, artifacts, places, and soundscapes associated with Detroit's rich musical history over the past century.
These stories are the result of a class project completed for ANT5565, Urban Archaeology, at Wayne State University in Detroit (taught by Dr. Krysta Ryzewski, 2014).
Students selected 1-2 musical genres to guide their research on musical landmarks in Detroit. Each pair of students created four stories. The following 24 stories are labeled according to the focus and time period of their musical genre.
Even though these stories don't involve ancient sites buried deep underground, the students were still able to examine them using an "archaeological approach". This approach involved beginning at the physical location of each site and then "excavating" the site's histories and connections to Detroit's musical heritage.
The archaeological approach used to tell the "Making Music" stories convey the deep layers of history associated with each place. To illuminate these layers in their stories the students brought together disparate sources of information: historical documents, maps, objects, buildings, photographs, videos, oral histories, and - of course - music.
These Geostories are by no means comprehensive in the scope of music types and stories they portray. They are but a small sample of the many talents, contributions, and legacies associated with Detroit's rich musical past and present.
We hope that these stories convey the extent to which music making in Detroit has directly contributed to musical tastes worldwide, and - most importantly - to the making of Detroit.