SINGING PLACES Richard Elliott and Sally Jane Norman Recital Room University of Sussex 22nd November 2013, 9am – 4:30pm
The interweaving of song and place as a literally resonant cultural identifier offers a richly interdisciplinary research focus. Music, sonic arts, cultural anthropology, and human geography feature amongst disciplines mobilised by this domain, which is also strongly invested by a range of creative practices including poetry, architecture, acoustic ecologies, and site-specific sound art. Drawing together theorists and practitioners, this seminar aims to identify key research questions associated with the theme of "Singing Places", with a view to launching a longer-term programme of academic and artistic events.
'The Voice of the Iron Horse: Mechanical Voices and Nostalgia'
Amy Cunningham will present extracts of her recent work, which explore the mediated voice as a tool to consider nostalgia for technology and environment. A key starting point for this research began with the film and sound installation The Voice, the Iron Horse, which responded to one type of mechanical voice, that of the sound of a freight train horn travelling through the Tennessee landscape.