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In this talk, Dr. Ashon Crawley describes his book-in-progress, Made Instrument, about the sound of the Hammond organ and its relation to black spirituality, black sexuality, black queer possibility. What can attending to a specific instrument tell us about histories of refusal, histories of confrontation, histories of desire? Imagined as the sound of the black church, and the sound of the black church imagined as the affective desire of transformative potentiality of black social life and relation in general, the Hammond organ gives a shadow history of black life on the move, in motion.