In conversation with The Song Collectors Collective

The Song Collectors Collective celebrates the people who conserve rare oral culture within their communities in Britain, Ireland and beyond. It aims to empower a new generation of collectors while inspiring the ongoing exploration of and creativity within these communities. Below is an excerpt of a recent conversation with co-founders Sam Lee and James McDonald. 

O'Connors New Ross dec2012 crop

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Vos, el Viento y el Sonido [You, the Wind and the Sound] – An Installation as Part of Exhibition Sound

From October 29 – November 28, 2015, the University of Alberta Museums Galleries at Enterprise Square will exhibit Vos, el Viento y el Sonido [You, the Wind and the Sound]!

Read more about the exhibit at Vue and KIAS.

University of Alberta Museums Galleries at Enterprise Square

10230 Jasper Avenue – Idea Lounge

Gallery Hours: Thursday / Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Admission by donation

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The Music Legacy Project: A Virtual Library of Musical Performances of the World in 3D Omni-Binaural Sound and 360° Video

Powwow Dancer Ivanie Aubin-Malo experiencing Samsung GearVR at McGill Powwow - Sept 2015

Since the 2014 edition of SXSW and the presentation of Felix & Paul Studio’s “Strangers with Patrick Watson”, 3D 360° cinematic recordings are now on the verge of becoming a major reality for the music industry, as well as in many other areas. With the programmed releases of Virtual Reality headsets (Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear-VR, Sony Morpheus…), the need for creative content for this new way of enjoying musical performances is opening the pandora box for all music creators, as well as for worldwide ethnographers. By putting the listener at the centre of a totally immersive experience, this technology offers new ways of thinking about the relationship between artists and music lovers.

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Reblog: Why Listen to Museums?



Photo via John Kannenberg

In this lecture, sound artist and researcher John Kannenberg explores the role of sound design and listening in the gallery and exhibition space: https://www.academia.edu/15437907/Why_Listen_to_Museums

“While recording there, I felt as if that place made history feel like something palpable, more than any other museum I’d visited up to that point. Obviously this was in part due to its ancient subjectmatter, but it also had something to do with the architecture. After years of low budgets, the museum was in need of renovation: some of the marble staircases were crumbling; old fluorescent lights buzzed and crackled their death throes as they flickered and went dark; even the skylights were broken, and birds flew freely throughout the museum, as if nature had already begun to reclaim it like a ruin. Mostly though, history was so palpable there because I was listening to thatplace so intently. It was a space filled with resonance and wonder, acoustically rich, bursting with sounds so intense that to me they felt physical, like objects.”

These themes will be explored further during Exhibiting Sound, hosted by the University of Alberta in community and cultural spaces around Edmonton, AB.

Calling all CSTM Student Members! 2015 Student Paper Prizes

Calling all CSTM Student members. Please see below for details regarding the 2015 CSTM student paper prizes. Please note that to be considered for the prizes, a final electronic version of your paper must be submitted on June 27, 2015. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact CSTM Secretary; Jessica Roda at roda.jessica@uqam.ca.

Click below for more details on how you can submit your paper!

CSTM student prize 2015 English and Francais