Monday, 11 August 2014

Publication of Archaeoacoustics - The Archaeology of Sound

My paper "Myths of Echo - Sound Art and Archaeoacoustics" has been published in Archaeoacoustics: The Archaeology of Sound: Publication of Proceedings from the 2014 Conference in Malta.


Archaeoacoustic research on the intentionality of rock-art placement and echo myths demonstrates with clarity the vast difference between modern Western modes of perception and those of prehistoric/ancient cultures. Comparing the phenomenon of "echo" within modern acoustics to various mythological interpretations across cultures and times, a fascinating chasm emerges which allows us to explore modes of listening between aesthetics and epistemology. The physical explanation of "what an echo is" has de-mythified the phenomenon for us, where it was previously a source of wonder. Despite stemming from wholly disparate cultural domains, sound-art (particularly the German tradition of Klangkunst), overlaps with some aspects of archaeoacoustics. This paper explores how applying Foucault's “archaeological” (and genealogical) method within archaeoacoustics can expose and challenge the historically conditioned nature of our modern listening practices, and proposes artistic research as a potentially valuable contribution to archaeoacoustics. 

ISBN-13: 978-1497591264

ISBN-10: 1497591260 BISAC: Science / Acoustics & Sound

Contributors include: Alejandro Ramos-Amezquita, Panagiota Avgerinou, Ros Bandt, Anna Borg Cardona, Emma Brambilla, Fernando Coimbra, Stef Conner, Paolo Debertolis, Stella Dreni, Richard England, Mairi Gkikaki, Annie Goh, Anne Habermehl, Wouter F. M. Henkelman, Sepideh Khaksar, David J. Knight, Glenn Kreisberg, Selin Kucuk, Esthir Lemi, Torill Christine Lindstrom, Maria Cristina Pascual Noguerol, Riita Rainio, Iegor Reznikoff, Mustafa Sahin, Divya Shrivastava, Katya Stroud, Rupert Till, Steven J. Waller, Nektarios Peter Yioutsos, Ezra Zubrow.