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Why Listen to Museums?

This is the text of a talk I gave during the Soundscapes Late event at the National Gallery in London on 4 September, 2015. You can also download and listen to a recording of the talk on my SoundCloud page. Continue reading

Cultural Heritage in the Age of 3-D Printing: Rise of the Intangible?

A year ago, I wrote a post about 3-D printing and its impact on cultural heritage in the museum world. Last week, I presented an expanded version of the essay as a paper at the tenth annual Arts in Society conference at Imperial College London.

You can now read the paper on Academia.edu.


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Museum of Sound: Mission Statement (draft 1)

Museums need mission statements, not so much as codes to be followed but as a shorthand method for self-identification, setting the tone by which a collecting institution makes decisions. As I continue to put together an article proposing a concrete plan for a Museum of Sound, its mission statement will hopefully be seen as a through-line weaving through the ideas the article will address. Here’s my first draft.

“The Museum of Sound is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and presentation of sounds as cultural objects. Employing a holistic approach to the experience of sound in diverse contexts coupled with innovative gallery design, we encourage our visitors to engage in contemplative listening that creates an awareness of sound’s importance in everyday life across historical, geographical, cultural, and natural borders.”

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Towards a Museum of Sound (in process): Museum Contents, draft 3

I’m currently researching and writing an article, tentatively entitled Towards a Museum of Sound, wherein I will lay out a proposal for a major public institution whose mission is to collect and interpret sound and sound-related objects. 

This second post eliminates an intermediate draft that did little to re-think the project. This third draft almost entirely re-organizes the displays in the permanent galleries, splitting the subject matter up into themed rooms which would build on each other if visited in the order presented here. A tour of the permanent galleries would culminate in a visit to a silent anechoic chamber, which would help visitors realize just how much sound influences their daily life experience.  Continue reading

Towards a Museum of Sound (in process): Museum Contents, draft 1

I’m currently researching and writing an article, tentatively entitled Towards a Museum of Sound, wherein I will lay out a proposal for a major public institution whose mission is to collect and interpret sound and sound-related objects. I’m hoping to use Phonomnesis as a place to keep track of some of my research and try out rough drafts of bits of the article.

This first post simply contains my initial draft outline for what such an institution might, or should, contain in terms of subject matter and facilities. Continue reading