From London with Sound

By Mathieu Picas, Research Assistant

On the 22 and 23 of November 2019, a special two-day seminar on Music Archaeology in Latin America was held at the Senate House of the University of London. This event was the first meeting ever between the Latin American Music and the Latin American Archaeology seminars of the same university. My participation in the seminar was an enriching experience which allowed me to exchange exciting ideas with other researchers who have been working in these fields for years.

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Thinking from Bogota, Colombia

By Ana María Alarcón Jiménez, Postdoctoral Researcher

Being an immigrant scholar who was born in Colombia, who studied both in the United States and Portugal, and who presently works in Spain, I often use Skype and WhatsApp to talk to my family and friends. Yet, regarding conferences, I am an advocate of non-virtual interpersonal contact. My past and very recent experience has shown me the great value of talking to people face to face. Therefore, I want to focus this blog post on a past conference, as a way to extend its timing and, perhaps, as a virtual attempt to dilute the Carbon Dioxide Emissions of my transatlantic travels by bringing its pastness into a wider present.

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Searching for the Rock Art Sounds of the Daureb/Brandberg in Namibia

By Doerte Weig, Senior Postdoctoral Researcher

What might a San person or group have heard moving around the Daureb inselberg in Namibia around 4000 BP? Which kinds of sounds might they have made, gathering and hunting during the day, or singing and dancing during a night-time ritual? This is the question senior researcher Doerte Weig is exploring for the Artsoundscapes project.

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Artsoundscapes in Siberia. An expedition about rock art, acoustics and human limits (Part II)

By Laura Coltofean-Arizancu, Postdoctoral Researcher

As our days in Siberia were full and we generally worked every day from morning to evening, we did not have much time for leisure. Our free time was usually in the evenings, after dinner, when we took the opportunity to talk with our families and friends (if the internet connection was good enough to allow this), while sometimes enjoying a Russian ice cream. Thinking back, I realize that going to supermarkets was also a way of relaxing and having fun for us in the Altai, although I’m quite sure we didn’t acknowledge this while we were there.

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Artsoundscapes in Siberia. An expedition about rock art, acoustics and human limits (Part I)

By Laura Coltofean-Arizancu, Postdoctoral Researcher

Overwhelming, breathtaking landscapes. A very long way from home. Those are the words that come to mind whenever I think about the Artsoundscapes Project expedition to Siberia. We’re now back in Barcelona and I’m writing this blog post three weeks after our return. I was supposed to write it earlier, but it was such a powerful experience that I felt I needed create some space in between to allow me to assimilate it all and to be able to put it into words. “Why Siberia?” is a question we were often asked before we left. The answer was simple…

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10 months of Artsoundscapes – the who, the what and the when

By Margarita Díaz-Andreu, Principal Investigator

The ERC Artsoundscapes project started ten months ago, what it seems now like a long time. These past few months have been full of activities including building the team, setting up the project’s communication system – devising a logo, creating a Facebook page and a webpage –, participating in outreach activities, training, strategy development and planning the first fieldwork seasons. The first task for me, as the project principal investigator, was, of course, to form the team. This was not as easy as I was expecting.

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