Exposition

From culture to nature and back. A personal journey through the soundscapes of Colombia (2020)

Lamberto Coccioli

About this exposition

The purpose of this essay is twofold: to celebrate the astonishing richness and diversity of Colombia’s natural and human soundscapes, and to reconstruct the process through which my direct experience of those soundscapes has influenced my own creative work as a composer. Reflecting on a long personal and intellectual journey of discovery that plays out on many levels – musical, anthropological, aesthetical – helps bring to the fore important questions on music composition as the locus of cultural appropriation and reinterpretation. How far can the belief system of a distant culture travel before it loses its meaning? From a post-colonial perspective, can a European composer justify the use and repurposing of ideas, sounds and songs from marginalised indigenous communities? In trying to give an answer to these questions through the lens of my own experience I keep unravelling layer upon layer of complexity, in a fascinating game of mirrors where my own identity as a "Western" composer starts crumbling away.
typeresearch exposition
keywordscomposition, Colombia, ethnomusicology, soundscape, field recording, appropriation, transcription of field recordings, computer-assisted composition, anthropology, opera, live electronics, documentary, soundtrack
date31/08/2019
published14/05/2020
last modified14/05/2020
statuspublished
share statusprivate
affiliationRoyal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University
copyright© Lamberto Coccioli
licenseAll rights reserved
languageEnglish
urlhttps://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/677981/677982
published inJournal of Sonic Studies
portal issue19. Issue 19
external linkwww.conservatoire.bcu.ac.uk


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