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A sound ethnography on the local reception of the Paul Bowles collection of Moroccan traditional music

 

In 1959, the American writer and composer Paul Bowles spent four months in Morocco recording traditional music performances all over the country. The resultant "Paul Bowles collection of Moroccan traditional music" was an early attempt at cultural preservation by means of modern audio technology.

 

The goal of this project is to conduct an artistic and cultural re-interpretation of the Bowles collection as a complex configuration of listening and recording practices. Our main research questions are: How can the Bowles collection be described as a specific case in the history of listening and recording practices? What can be learned about traditional, transcultural and aesthetic listening practices by researching with this collection in Morocco today?

 

 

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ORGANISATION

Projektleitung:

Andi Schoon

 

Mitarbeit:

Gilles Aubry

 

Laufzeit:

02/2016–01/2019

 

Finanzierung:

SNF