The Global Sound Movement
- Submitting institution
University of Central Lancashire
- Unit of assessment
- 33 - Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies
- Output identifier
- Q - Digital or visual media
- Global Sound Movement
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- Output has been delayed by COVID-19
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- Forensic science
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- Proposed double-weighted
- Double-weighted statement
- The goal of Global Sound Movement is to preserve sounds of unique instruments from all over the world in their original context, allowing them to be studied and used in composition, education and instrument-building. Between 2015 and 2020 the team has completed eleven multi-component research projects in Africa, Indonesia, Cyprus, Croatia, Gibraltar and China, leading to the production of a complex archive, whose organization draws on ethnomusicology and sound studies. Holmes and Parmar have collaborated with international partners to develop innovative educational software, pioneering virtual reality software, substantial virtual instruments, website that includes thousands of audio files, images and compositions.
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- Global Sound Movement (GSM) is a significant contributor to the fields of sonic archiving and ethnomusicology, capturing rare instruments in their natural environment and making them globally accessible through innovative digital outputs. The research took place globally with projects in Europe, Asia, Africa, Indonesia and USA. It began in June 2015 and is ongoing. Currently over 450 recordings have been made.
Lead by Parmar (specialism brand management) and Holmes (specialism music production), each has a distinct role. Holmes is responsible for pre-production, desk research, location selection, field- work logistics and technical operation. Parmar is responsible for field-based archiving and dissemination.
Building upon the work of Alan Lomax, R Murray Schafer, Chris Watson and Bernie Krause, the research of the GSM is inspired by their diverse research into archiving, sound ecologies and location recordings. However, this project differs in that it seeks to make available the materials generated through the research to interested parties via new digital technologies developed as part of the project. These include a globally accessible browser-based step sequencer aimed at engaging key- stage one learners, and an innovative virtual reality platform that enabled users to ‘play’ the actual instrument in the virtual world, ensuring it never leaves its natural home. Such innovations have led to press conferences at the British Science Festival and invitations as key-notes at global conferences i.e. the Chinese Education Ministry and Chinese Centre for Scholarly Exchange, among others.
Winners of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Excellence and Innovation in the Arts’ 2016, GSM have appeared several times on different news programmes including a BBC One Documentary film, interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme and BBC World Service. In print features on the GSM have been translated into 8 languages, ensuring international reach. To date the website receives over 15,000 unique users.
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