Four Major Cultural Organizations Establish Cultures of Sound Network

March 20, 2018
The Sound Studies Initiative at the University of Alberta, the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place at Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Canadian Museum of History, and Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage through its Smithsonian Folkways Recordings are delighted to announce the formation of the Cultures of Sound Network (CSN)... [Read More]

Indigenous Storytelling: Ngarinyin and Nyikina Visitors from Australia!

November 8, 2017
From October 30 – November 1, we were honoured to host Rona Googninda Charles (Ngarinyin and Nyikina), her two sons, John and Francis Divilli, and their research collaborator, Sally Treloyn (Willin Centre, University of Melbourne) here at the Sound Studies Initiative... [Read More]

Upcoming Events

October 24, 2018
  • The Sound of Silent Games - Astrid Ensslin

    October 24, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    3-47 Old Arts Building UofA

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November 1, 2018
  • Sound Session - Scott Smallwood -- Field Recording Workshop: Listening to the U of A

    November 1, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    3-47 Old Arts Building UofA

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November 7, 2018
  • Sound Session - Jason Camlot - Media Affordances of Literary Audio

    November 7, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    3-47 Old Arts Building, University of Alberta Campus

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  • LASERAlberta - Marilene Oliver - The Art and Science of Sound

    November 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Fine Arts Building Room 220

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January 4, 2019
  • Networking Coffee Morning - Mary Ingraham

    January 4, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

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Sound Studies Initiative (SSI) is a University of Alberta research initiative supported by the Faculty of Arts. This new initiative will continue a firm commitment to the stewardship of the Moses and Frances Asch Collection, adding exciting new research projects and programming based in the study of sound.

Sound Studies at UAlberta is a broad, transdisciplinary and creative pursuit rooted in the exploration of hearing, vocalization, communication, psychoacoustics, sensory studies, acoustics, cognition, media, natural environments, and information and computing sciences. The Sound Studies Initiative offers sound researchers the opportunity to work collaboratively, to discover new areas of convergent enquiry, to benefit from collective administrative support for their research and teaching, and provides a philosophical and physical locus for collaboration and innovation across disciplines.

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