[Humanist] 26.323 events: sound objects at the Pitt Rivers; digital humanities at the Open

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Sep 20 09:53:39 CEST 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 323.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Francesca Benatti <francesca.benatti at gmail.com>           (25)
        Subject: Open University Digital Humanities Seminar, 27 September

  [2]   From:    Noel Lobley <noel.lobley at prm.ox.ac.uk>                    (23)
        Subject: 'Making Sound Objects' - A One Day Conference, Pitt Rivers
                Museum (Oxford, UK), Saturday November 24th 2012

        Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2012 09:55:16 +0100
        From: Francesca Benatti <francesca.benatti at gmail.com>
        Subject: Open University Digital Humanities Seminar, 27 September

The Digital Humanities Thematic Research Network at the Open University is
pleased to announce the following event in its Digital Humanities in
Practice seminar series:

The Scholarly Monograph in the Age of Open Access

Date: 27 September 2012

Time: 12.00pm – 2.00pm

Venue: MR1, 2, 3, Wilson A Ground Floor, The Open University, Milton Keynes

Open Access publishing is an area of growing interest in the academic
community, especially after the publication of the Finch report and the
RCUK’s decision to impose an Open Access mandate on all outputs deriving
from public funds. However, most of the discussion so far has been
dominated by the concerns of the Sciences and has concentrated on journal
articles. What is the future, in this new context, of the scholarly
monograph, which is of central importance in the Humanities? Caren Milloy
of JISC will discuss the findings of the OAPEN project on Humanities
publishing, while Rupert Gatti will outline his experience as a publisher
of open access monographs.


Caren Milloy, JISC-OAPEN

Rupert Gatti, Open Book Publishers.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. To book a place please email
Heather Scott h.scott at open.ac.uk by 24 September 2012.

For more information on Digital Humanities at The Open University, please
go to the Digital Humanities website

        Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:53:55 +0000
        From: Noel Lobley <noel.lobley at prm.ox.ac.uk>
        Subject: 'Making Sound Objects' - A One Day Conference, Pitt Rivers Museum (Oxford, UK), Saturday November 24th 2012

Dear All,

Proposed contributions more than welcome for the One Day Conference 'Making Sound Objects'.

Kind regards,

British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual One Day Conference,
Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, Saturday November 24th 2012.

“Making Sound Objects: Cultures of Hearing, Recording, Creating and Circulation”

This conference explores the contemporary and historical creation, collection and circulation of sound and sound-producing objects, and is guided by the following enlightened advice of Henry Balfour, first curator of the Pitt Rivers Museum: “Any object whether natural or artificial, and however simple, which is employed for the purpose of producing sound (whether ‘musical’ in an aesthetic sense or not) should be included as a musical instrument.”

He gave this advice in 1929 to anthropologists engaged in the collection of musical instruments, advice which seems prescient indeed, as distinctions between sound and music are dissolved and re-articulated in contemporary thinking about the sound and sound objects. Such objects have been amassed over 130 years of recording, collected, documented and stored in archives, lofts, memory sticks, phones and clouds, while new technology creates exciting new sonic possibilities: for example, electronic artist Aphex Twin can conduct an orchestra by remote control, engineers use microphones to capture subterranean explosions, and sound designers use ambisonics to encode sound fields with incredible fidelity.

At this exciting time in the history of sound recording and objects – when the influence of the commercial recording industry is declining, and the age of personal sound production and inter-personal distribution is proliferating –several key questions arise: What methods and resources might scholars use to collect, analyse, create and use sound? How best might we conceptualise the relationships amongst sound archives, museums, contemporary communities and soundscapes? What type of knowledge is it possible to achieve and share through sound and sound-producing objects? How does the creation and sharing of sounds influence and change societies?

This one-day conference is hosted by the Pitt Rivers Museum, and seeks interdisciplinary engagement with these questions. Contributions are welcomed from anthropologists, musicologists, acousticians, historians, geographers, organologists, sound engineers, song collectors and sound artists – in fact anyone engaged with the production and analysis of sound.

**A keynote presentation will feature two of the finest sound thinkers – Professor David Toop and Max Eastley. **

Proposed abstracts for presentations are welcome. Deadline: Friday October 19th 2012.

noel.lobley at prm.ox.ac.uk<mailto:noel.lobley at prm.ox.ac.uk>                  for further information.

Many thanks.
Dr Noel Lobley
Stipendiary Lecturer in Music, St John's College, University of Oxford
Ethnomusicologist and Researcher at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

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