JSS15 is the second issue consisting of papers by authors who responded to our last open call for papers. While no underlying or overarching theme was set for this issue, the papers we selected all seem to explicitly address the relation between sound and culture. More specifically, they discuss the ways in which sound is used and experienced in culture, both present and past.
Riitta Rainio, Kristiina Mannermaa and Juha Valkeapää, for instance, discuss prehistoric sounds and soundscapes. In their contribution, titled “Recapturing the sounds and sonic experiences of the hunter-gatherers at Ajvide, Gotland, Sweden (3200‒2300 cal BC),” they aim to evoke the sonic experiences of the people living in that era. The results of the osteological, organological, and soundscape analyses are presented in the form of a scholarly text, samples of studio and field recordings, and a soundtrack that fuses the results together into a nine-minute piece of sound art.