Seminar in Ethnomusicology and Sound Studies:
Gascia Ouzounian, ‘Hearing with Two Ears at Once’
5pm Thursday 28 May 2015, Ertegun House, University of Oxford
Speaker: Gascia Ouzounian (Lecturer and Head of Performance Studies, School of Creative Arts, Queen’s University Belfast)
Professor Jason Stanyek (Convenor)
We take for granted that hearing is a spatial and directional phenomenon, and that ‘space’ can be described in acoustic terms. However, in the late-nineteenth century the concepts of binaural audition and acoustic space were widely contested in medicine, psychology, and philosophy. This paper will examine a century of conceptual, technological, scientific and musical developments from 1850- 1950 that led to the emergence of ‘spatial music’ in the mid-twentieth century. It will draw upon medical and musical literature, newspapers and magazines, trade journals and advertisements to show how music became spatialised, especially in connection to sound reproduction and transmission technologies.
There will be a drinks reception after the seminar.
Admission is free.
Phone: 01865 615356
Ertegun House, University of Oxford, 37A St. Giles’ Oxford , OX1 3LD