From culture to nature and back. A personal journey through the soundscapes of Colombia

Coccioli, Lamberto (2020) From culture to nature and back. A personal journey through the soundscapes of Colombia. Journal of Sonic Studies, 19. ISSN 2212–6252

This is the latest version of this item.

[img] Archive (Zipped file of html page + images and audio examples)
From culture to nature and back. A personal journey through the soundscapes of Colombia.zip - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike.

Download (43MB)

Abstract

The purpose of this essay is twofold: to celebrate the astonishing richness and diversity of Colombia’s natural and human soundscapes, and to reconstruct the process through which my direct experience of those soundscapes has influenced my own creative work as a composer. Reflecting on a long personal and intellectual journey of discovery that plays out on many levels – musical, anthropological, aesthetic – helps bring to the fore important questions on music composition as the locus of cultural appropriation and reinterpretation. How far can the belief system of a distant culture travel before it loses its meaning? From a post-colonial perspective, can a European composer justify the use and repurposing of ideas, sounds and songs from marginalised indigenous communities? In trying to give an answer to these questions through the lens of my own experience I keep unravelling layer upon layer of complexity, in a fascinating game of mirrors where my own identity as a "Western" composer starts crumbling away.

Item Type: Article
Date: 5 May 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: composition, Colombia, ethnomusicology, soundscape, field recording, appropriation, transcription of field recordings, computer-assisted composition, anthropology, opera, live electronics, documentary, soundtrack
Subjects: W300 Music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Depositing User: Lamberto Coccioli
Date Deposited: 18 May 2020 16:16
Last Modified: 18 May 2020 16:16
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9242

Available Versions of this Item

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Research

In this section...