How do international ethnomusicologists react to new challenges when dealing with immaterial cultural assets in museum collections? How can sounds be presented to the public in an effective manner? How can these sounds be accessed using digital technologies?
In its largest international conference to date the Humboldt Forum will focus for two days on issues relating to ethnomusicology collections, including questions about their history, ethics, globalization, archiving and educating the public.
The Phonogramm-Archiv of Berlin’s Ethnologisches Museum (part of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SMB) and the Humboldt-Universität’s Lautarchiv will join forces in the Humboldt Forum in late 2019; it is these two archives which provide the starting point for Captured Sounds – Collecting, Storing, Sharing. In a total of five panels, twenty-three international experts working in museums, the sciences and music will develop new, interdisciplinary perspectives aimed at addressing the most pressing questions which are now being asked about the future of ethnomusicology.
The symposium, held in English with German translation, is part of the accompanying programme for [sound] Listening to the World.
Please register by 13 May 2018 if you wish to attend both days of the symposium.
Panel 1: Situating Science – Situating Listening (History of Ethnomusicology)
Chair: James Davies
Anna Maria Busse Berger, University of California
In search of medieval music in Africa: Marius Schneider and the Catholic missionaries
Thomas Christensen, University of Chicago
The Limits of Philology: Brittany and the Barzaz Breis
Henry Spiller, Department of Music, University of California
Between two worlds: Jaap Kunst, R.M.A. Kusumadinata, and theories of the genesis of Sundanese scales and modes
Robert Stephen Blum, City University of New York
E.M. von Hornbostel as Listener and Scientist
Panel 2: "The Sudden Realization That One Has Gone Back in Time": Robert Lachmann's Recording Journeys through Berlin, Cairo, and Jerusalem
Chair: Ricarda Kopal, Ethnologisches Museum – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Gila Flam, National Library of Israel
Robert Lachmann in Jerusalem: Between Arabic and Jewish Arabic Music
Philip V. Bohlman, University of Chicago
“Understanding of Oriental Music Lies in the Earliest Stages of Its Development”: Robert Lachmann’s Lieux d’histoire and the Historical Record
Mili Leitner, University of Chicago
Racialization on the Radio: Lachmann’s Oriental Music Broadcasts in Comparative Perspective
A.J.Racy, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
The Joint Legacy of Maḥmūd al-Ḥifnī and Robert Lachmann
Panel 3: Music in Globalization and Localization
Chair: Lars-Christian Koch, Ethnologisches Museum – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Harry Liebersohn, University of Illinois
Voyage Round the World: Musical Reflections on a Travelers’ Genre
Martin Rempe, Universität Konstanz
Preservering Sounds in the Era of Decolonization: The UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music of the World
Giovanni Giuriati, Sapienza Università die Roma
Local dynamics and global processes: the case of the tarantella of Montemarano (Southern Italy)
Daniel Morat, Freie Universität Berlin
Selling Sounds. Carl Lindström and the Emerging World Music Market, 1904–1929
Panel 4: Sound archive, commercial backlist, and cultures of listening. Interfaces of academic and commercial music recording practices
Chair: Sebastian Klotz, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Michael Denning, Yale University
A Noisy Heaven and a Syncopated Earth': The Transcolonial Reverberations of Vernacular Phonograph Music
Saida Daukeyeva, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Don’t Nomads Throat-Sing? Academic Research, Commercial Recordings and the Rise of a World Music Scene in Kazakhstan
Tobias Robert Klein, Berlin/Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Recording Music: On the Intersection of Tapes and Transcriptions
Stefanie Alisch, Bayreuth/Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Broken Beat in London – transitioning between sonic media, transforming markets
Panel 5: Music Information Retrieval (MIR) and the Ethics of Digital Phonographic Archives
Chair: Julia Kursell, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Muziekwetenschap
Julia Kursell, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Muziekwetenschap
Digital Access to Wax Cylinder Recordings after a Century of Silence – the Experimental Recordings in the Berliner Phonogramm-Archiv
Reinier de Valk, zuletzt DANS/KNAW
MIRchiving: Challenges and opportunities of connecting MIR research and digital music archives
Joséphine Simonnot, Centre de Recherche en Ethnomusicologie
Music Information Retrieval and “Musée de l’Homme” Sound Archives: How an ethnomusicological audio database offers the opportunity to develop computational analysis tools
Barbara Titus, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Muziekwetenschap
Retrieving What for Whom? Thoughts about Prospects, Opportunities and Impediments of Digital Sound Archiving
Prelude Concert to the symposium
"And They are Blossoming From Their Ruins" – Jewish Songs on Stage in the 20th Century
A concert including songs by Darius Milhaud, settings to Brecht’s works by Hanns Eisler and Paul Dessau and film music by Friedrich Holländer. In the second part you can hear “Melodram” written by Viktor Ullmann in Theresienstadt concentration camp.
You can find more information here.
Insights – Sound as an object in the Humboldt Forum
In this, the second edition of its Insights series of conversations, the Humboldt Forum focuses on how to present intangible cultural assets in museums. Ethnomusicologists and curators Lars-Christian Koch and Ricarda Kopal will talk to two internationally active musicians and academics, A. J. Racy and James Davies, about sound as object in the Humboldt Forum.
You can find more information here.
In a discursive listening session with DJ sets, DJ Raph and Gebrüder Teichmann will present the album Sacred Groves. The album is based on ethnographic recordings from the archive of the Iwalewahaus at the University of Bayreuth. DJ Raph has created complex electronic music out of pieces in the archive collected from all over Africa, reflecting his keen interest in the meanings and contexts of the original recordings. Modern electronic bass sounds, African song and traditional rhythms give rise to a timeless musical universe.
In their conversation DJ Raph and the Gebrüder Teichmann will talk about the making of the CD and about the musical forms of the past and present in African countries. Sacred Groves is issued by NOLAND, Gebrüder Teichmann’s label.
The opening event gives visitors the chance to "tune in" to the exhibition's topics on several frequencies.
Concert at the St. Elisabeth Church
A concert by the "Chamber Ensemble of the New Budapest Orpheum Society" starts off the symposium "Captured Sounds".
How do you make your own sound score out of your own steps, surrounded architecture and the sounds of the city?
From paper and pencil to sound recordings to the video camera: Language documentation in the 21st century.
Concert by Tahir Aydoğdu, a pioneer of pioneer of combining classical Turkish with forms of western European classical music.
The Javanese gamelan ensemble Garasi Seni Benawa and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin will provide live musical accompaniment to the silent film "Setan Jawa".