About this Project
An exploration of how the methods of “big science” might elucidate and facilitate the humanistic understanding of music, speech, and other audio expressions, the one-year Audio Cultures of India project will deploy data mining and computational pattern analysis techniques common to the physical and biological sciences to produce a sonic history of modern India. Drawing on vast digital corpora already hosted at the University of Chicago Library, this project will bring together faculty and students from Music, Anthropology, the Computation Institute, Argonne National Laboratory, and the Library to identify and experiment with new methods for using scientific technologies to process large digital humanities databases. The dense performative culture that characterizes India will receive special attention in an attempt to develop a comparative framework for understanding historical interrelations in the aural world – a sound history of modern India.
April 14, 2014
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November 18, 2013
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March 18, 2013
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Audio Cultures of India:
New Approaches to the Performance Archive
The University of Chicago Center in Delhi
December 8-9, 2014
The Audio Cultures of India workshop involves South Asian, North American, and European participants from the sciences, technology, humanities, and social sciences. It continues a pilot investigation of the scientific analysis of recorded sound, instruments, and related material artifacts to explore how methods of big science might elucidate and facilitate the humanistic understanding of music, speech, and other audio expressions. This workshop will be attended by representatives from universities, libraries, archives, and other institutions worldwide, who will participate in roundtables, special presentations, and discussions to further the project's goals. The project is supported by the University of Chicago Center in Delhi, Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, and Committee on Southern Asian Studies at the University of Chicago.