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Staging Sound in the Museum: The Ears-on Experience of History

Symposium Friday February 3, 2012
Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, Hilversum
in cooperation with Maastricht University & Amsterdam Museum

Fee: €20 (including lunch and afternoon drinks)
Registration: symposium@beeldengeluid.nl

This one day symposium focuses on the “ears-on” experience of history in the museum. Which historical topics are most suited for a sonic approach? How can sound be staged in such a way that it makes history more easily accessible than through visual means—and which pitfalls should be prevented? Which technical tools are available beyond the audio guide and sound shower? And which possibilities for sound as an entrance into history do we have outdoors, in the form of sound walks and cell phone apps for instance?

Our symposium focuses on sound in the history museum, sonic tools for the history, and sound beyond the history museum. Its is a day for museum staff members, radio makers, historians, scholars working on sound studies, and a more general audience interested in sound and history.

Among our speakers are Johanna Lehto-Vahtera (Museum of History and Contemporary Art Turku,


Finland) : Soundways: Exhibitions without Objects

Robert Genereuz, Sennheiser Electronics           (http://www.guideport.com/sennheiser/guideport_eng.nsf/root/g_n-museum-exhibition-audio-equipment.html)
Heinz Rosenberg, Holosonics (pending) (http://www.holosonics.com)

James Bryan & James Vyner (Soundmap.com):
Bringing History to Life through Audio Tours

Holger Schulze (Berlin University of the Arts): Experiencing Audio
Guides: Between Aural Architecture, Hörspiel & Soundwalks



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Wrights & Sites

Wrights & Sites is a group of artist-
researchers with a special relationship
to site, city/landscape and walking.

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Cybraphon consists of a number of instruments, antique machinery, and found objects from junk shops operated by over 60 robotic components, all housed in a modified wardrobe. Its emotions are shown on a 100 year old school galvanometer; a motor-driven crank drives the bellows of an Indian classical instrument modified with 13 robotic servos; a switched fan pumps air through a Farfisa organ retro-fitted with robotic keys; 12 chimes are struck by suspended solenoids; numerous percussion instruments are hit by beaters attached to motors, including a cigar box with an integral spring “reverb”; and a purpose made vinyl record is cued robotically to play through antique brass gramophone horns. In addition to these musical components, Cybraphon has several internal light sources that are controlled on four fader channels, and infra-red motion detectors to monitor people watching it.

Found electronics

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CULTURE HACK SCOTLAND PROJECTS LIVE! With the summer festivals now in full swing, it is so exciting to see several projects which began just as ideas at Culture Hack Scotland now as projects in full produciton. If you’ve not seen them already please do check them out:







These are all amazing and very different projects and it’s rare that so many hackday projects make it through to live production so massive recognition to the developers and the partner organisations involved.

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