Cultural Sound Mapping in Bern: Sound-Based Ethnomusicological Research in the 21st Century

Sweers, Britta (2023). Cultural Sound Mapping in Bern: Sound-Based Ethnomusicological Research in the 21st Century. In: Bloomsbury Handbook of Music and Art (pp. 231-246). New York: Bloomsbury

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Cultural mapping that aims at visualizing cultural practices has been central for the identification of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list items. As this chapter argues, a stronger integration of cultural mapping could contribute to a more systematic foundation of applied (ethno-)musicological work, as it combines quantitative and qualitative work. This is illustrated by the transfer of cultural mapping to urban soundscape research, which interrelates environmental sound-based features with sociopolitical and communal aspects. This cultural sound mapping approach can be described as a combination of mapped sound documentation, sociocultural and -political contextualization, and environmental observations. Focusing on Bern (Switzerland), the chapter first sketches an overview of central aspects of cultural mapping and recent soundscape discourses. It subsequently not only elaborates how topographic, historical, sociocultural and political aspects are revealed through sound-related mapping, but also how a sound-related perspective can uncover the central role of water in a balanced urban living environment.

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg) > Center for Global Studies (CGS)
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Musicology

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Sweers, Britta


700 Arts > 780 Music








Britta Sweers

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