Sunday, July 6, 2014

Ünelohisunn (a book)

I needed some kind of image for the cover of the book, and just purchased a teacup at an antique store to use as the introductory sound for my paper presentation. This, plus a little black currant juice worked just fine.

Old habits die hard. Sewing up an edition of thirty chapbooks in the Copenhagen Public Library before the talk, along with a wheel chart (my first ever). There's a few copies of the chapbook and the sonic language wheel chart available for interested parties. Have bone folder, will travel.

Marta Zapparoli

Helmut Lemke

One of the residences of Søren Kierkegaard

 Just back from Copenhagen, where I read a paper in the European Sound Studies Association conference: "Mapping the Field." My paper was in the session "History Within Sound Studies and Sound Studies Within History," organized by Dr. Kaarina Kilpiö and Maarten Walraven. The title of my paper was "Proposal for a New Descriptive Language of Sound."

In preparing for this talk, I became very interested in sensory classification systems, and especially those used in archaeology. In the field we used a soil color classification book known as the "Munsell" book, so I decided to research the history of this. Very interesting. Thanks to the SUNY New Paltz Library I was able to find a copy of "A Color Notation," by Munsell.  Endlessly rewarding, how ideas and research can spin off from each other....

I'm a bit leery of reference and ranking systems that do not have a traceable author, (therefore no accountability) so for the sonic language generator (wheel chart), I was confined to the foreign language dictionaries in the libraries and bookstores of the Catskills. The title of the chapbook, Ünelohisunn, is a combination of three words: ün, which means sound in Tuvan;  elo-hi, which means world in Cherokee; and sunn, which means healthy in Danish/Norwegian. So: "A sound that heals the world."

Many speakers at this interdisciplinary conference mentioned the importance of the archaeological approach to sound studies (because of its multi-sensory nature).