International Year of Sound 2020-2021

Event Calendar

The Year of Sound will be celebrated with events originating at the regional, the national, and the international levels. Here we list all events that have an acoustical outreach component in line with the goals of the Year of Sound.


23 March 2021Spain

Artsoundscapes project seminar — David Robinson

Online seminar open to all. 23 March 2021 17:00 h
The Voice of the World’. Sonic Ontologies in Native California
In this presentation D. Robinson will provide a sketch of Native Californian concepts of sound, hearing, voice and ontology by focussing on the polycultural region of South-Central California. Here He looks at ethnographic accounts of the region to understand how Native Californian’s perceived different forms of sounds as different kinds of agency. For instance, He will consider the use of bullroarers by the Chumash and detail experiments on the objects production of movement and sound. Equally He incorporates recent Native Californian concepts of song and sound through his collaborative work with the Tejon Indian tribe. This involves experimental work at the rock art sites of Pleito and Echo working with Jake Hernandez, a singer for the Tejon tribe, to consider the sonic possibilities of rock art and sonic agency. Finally, this research highlights the deep importance of the Native voice in the revitalisation of both rock-art and wider society.
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Location: online

Organisation Responsible: Artsoundscapes project, Universitat de Barcelona

Contact: Margarita Diaz-Andreu, at


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