Calendar of Events

Past events

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 was attended by representatives from universities, libraries, archives, and other institutions worldwide, who then participated 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.

Seeing Voices: Imaging Applied to Early Recorded Sound Preservation
Thursday, October 23, 2014
1:00--2:00 p.m.

Carl Haber, Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Unlike print and latent image scanning, the playback of mechanical sound carriers has been an inherently invasive process. Recently, a series of techniques, based upon non-contact optical metrology and image processing, have been applied to create and analyze high resolution digital surface profiles of these materials. Numerical methods may be used to emulate the stylus motion through such a profile in order to reconstruct the recorded sound. This approach, and current results, including studies of some of the earliest known sound recordings, were the focus of this talk, illustrated with sounds and images. 

Sound, Science, and History -- Autumn Quarter Workshop
September 16-17, 2013  
The workshop explored the scientific analysis of recorded sound and the instruments that produce sound, as well as related material artifacts such as texts, with South Asia as the areal focus. Participants investigated how the methods of big science might elucidate and facilitate the humanistic understanding of music, speech, and other audio expressions. 

upcoming events

Audio Cultures of India: New Approaches to the Performance Archive
The University of Chicago Center in Delhi (New Delhi, India)
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.