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Experiencing Historical Soundscapes: the Royal Entries of Emperor Charles V in Iberian Cities

Project description

A sensorial retrieval of the festive soundscape of Iberian cities up to 1558

Digital technologies are key to capturing sensorial experiences of the past, bringing together historical, sensorial and artistic approaches. By combining them all, the EU-funded ExpSoundscapes project will bridge the gap between describing, reflecting on and experiencing historical soundscapes. It will integrate research from music, history, geography, performance practice and technology, so as to retrieve the soundscapes of early modern royal entries in Iberian cities in the time of Emperor Charles V (1517-1558). Sonic information from coeval documentation will serve as the basis for creating an immersive multimedia event, where selected sonic scenes will be reproduced by engineered sound and live music. Historical depictions and 3D renditions of selected urban spaces will recreate the spatial surroundings.

Objective

This project aims at bridging the gap between describing, reflecting on, and experiencing historical soundscapes. It will integrate historical, sensorial, and artistic approaches so as to retrieve the soundscapes of Early Modern Royal entries in Iberian cities in the time of Emperor Charles V (1517-58). Sonic information will be extracted from coeval documentation to be analysed and organised in a database and georeferenced in a map through GIS technology. The sound data will serve as the basis to create an immersive multimedia event, where selected sonic scenes will be reproduced by engineered sound and live music. The spatial surroundings will be recreated through historical paintings and 3D renditions of selected urban spaces. The immersive event will be a highly distinctive experience, with the potential to transform the traditional understanding of historical events by introducing elements of sensorial scholarship. It will facilitate exposure of high-quality repertoire within specific historical events. Likewise, the project will explore new avenues of the possibilities that the use of digital technologies provides to the understanding of music historical subjects (as postulated by European policies such as 'Digital Futures') and its management as intangible heritage. This research will make academic impact at different levels. The most significant will be the establishment of a groundbreaking methodology to facilitate the experiencing of sensorial experiences of the past, drawing on a phenomenological perspective. It will provide complementary tools to the traditional understanding of historical soundscapes, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration that will bring together areas such as music, history, geography, performance, and technology. Ultimately, it will open alternative pathways to communicate historical events to modern audiences.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DE TOURS
Net EU contribution
€ 184 707,84
Address
RUE DU PLAT D ETAIN 60
37020 Tours
France

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Region
Centre — Val de Loire Centre — Val de Loire Indre-et-Loire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 184 707,84