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

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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
Dates:
DateEvent
4 December 2019Accepted
28 January 2020Submitted
5 May 2020Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: composition, Colombia, ethnomusicology, soundscape, field recording, appropriation, transcription of field recordings, computer-assisted composition, anthropology, opera, live electronics, documentary, soundtrack
Subjects: CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-02 - performing arts > CAH25-02-02 - music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Depositing User: Lamberto Coccioli
Date Deposited: 18 May 2020 16:16
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 16:53
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9242

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