CISM in the Archive: "Curating Sound Stories" with Noel Lobley

Event Date: 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 3:30pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • UCSB Library (Special Research Collections)

Event Price: 

Admission is free.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
CISM in the Archive presents "Curating Sound Stories" with ethnomusicologist, sound curator, and artist Noel Lobley (University of Virginia) on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. in the Special Research Collections of the UCSB Library (3rd floor, mountain side). Mr. Lobley will present creative, interactive, and performative sound curation, blending examples from his own practice with rare sounds selected from the Special Research Collections at UCSB. Co-sponsored by the UCSB Library and the Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM). Admission is free.
About Noel Lobley
Noel Lobley is an ethnomusicologist and sound curator who works across the disciplines of music, anthropology and sound studies to develop a series of international curatorial residencies. He previously worked as a sound curator at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, where he lectured in both music and anthropology, and where he continues to serve as a Research Associate. He also has twenty years experience working as a DJ and in the music industry.
Noel's research and practice in sound curation focuses on ethnographic field recordings and aims to connect local musicians and communities with institutions and audiences. Through extensive fieldwork in sub-Saharan Africa, much of his creative practice takes sound and music recordings out of archives and back among communities. He has collaborated with musicians, sound artists, DJs, composers and performers in South Africa, the UK and throughout Europe and the US to develop creative and responsible ways for recordings to be experienced in spaces ranging from art galleries and museums to schools and township street corners.
Noel is currently curating an ongoing series of touring sound installation and remix projects designed to link major ethnographic collections from across sub-Saharan Africa, developing collaborations with local artists, communities and institutions, in order to implement mutually beneficial sustainable methods to curate recorded musical heritage. He is currently working on Curating Sound, a monograph that explores practical contemporary sound curation.
Noel is an elected committee member of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and an appointed member of the ethnomusicology committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute (UK).  He is the 2015 Curl Lecturer at the Royal Anthropological Institute.