This interdisciplinary roundtable discussion on archaeoacoustics, will see the three invited speakers of the day - Iegor Reznikoff, Paul Devereux and Rupert Till joined by Maria Witek, postdoctoral researcher in music psychology and cognitive neuroscience and Sam Auinger, sound and installation artist whose extensive practice over more than thirty years has is closely intertwined with discourse on the concepts of spatial listening, sound in public space and sonic environments. Reflecting on the past, present and future of the field of archaeoacoustics, and how art and science can contribute to it, this panel discussion will be moderated by CTM's co-curator of the discourse program Annie Goh.
Maria A. G. Witek is a postdoctoral researcher with the Music in the Brain Group at the Aarhus University Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience in Denmark. She holds degrees in musicology from Oslo University and music psychology from Sheffield University, and completed her doctorate in music as a Clarendon Scholar at the University of Oxford in 2013. Her research addresses the psychology and cognitive neuroscience of rhythm, body-movement and groove in music.
Iegor Reznikoff is a well-known specialist in ancient music/early Christian chant and acoustic archaeology, with an interest in prehistoric caves and Romanesque and Gothic churches. His work — encompassing architectural and corporal resonance, sound therapy, ethnomusicology, and ancient music practices — is credited with helping to create a new concepts and approaches in sound anthropology.
Sam Auinger is a sonic thinker, composer, and sound-artist. He was a guest professor at the University of Arts in Berlin, and runs the Experimental Sound Design department within the Masters-level Sound Studies Programme. He collaborates with city planers and architects, and is a frequent participant of international symposiums on the topic of urban planing, architecture, media, the senses and sound in specific.
Dr. Rupert Till is Reader in Music at the University of Huddersfield. He has taught popular music and music technology in universities for over 20 years, and is Chair of the UK and Ireland branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. His research has explored electronic dance music, club cultures, trance and spirituality.
Paul Devereux is co-founder and managing editor of the peer-reviewed Routledge publication, TIME & MIND - The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture, a research affiliate with the Royal College of Art, and an archaeology columnist for Fortean Times. His research interests include ancient sacred sites and landscapes, sound at archaeological sites (archaeoacoustics), and the anthropology of consciousness (ancient worldviews) along with modern consciousness studies.
Annie Goh is an artist, researcher and educator working primarily with sound, space, gender and electronic media and their social and cultural contexts. Currently based in London and Berlin, she is a lecturer at Berlin University of Arts and a PhD student at Goldsmiths University, London. She has guest curated at the discourse program of CTM Festival since 2013.