SONOTOMIA RESIDENCY 2.0

Preservation of Albarracín Sound Heritage
What does cultural and natural heritage sound like? Looking for the sound of Albarracín

Albarracín (Teruel), Spain
28 August-04 September 2021

CALL IS CLOSED

BRIEF

The SONOTOMIA Residency 2.0 welcomes creative and cultural professionals based in Spain, interested in building their capacities through experimentation and use of spatial sound technologies, namely the 4DSOUND system, for the promotion and conservation of Albarracín cultural and natural heritage through spatial sound. The expected collaborative work consists of:

  • Discovering the natural and cultural heritage of the Albarracín region;
  • Collecting the soundscapes of the tangible and intangible heritage in the region to build the library of Albarracín sound heritage; and using 4DSOUND technology to translate the acoustics of the town’s most relevant historical sites;
  • Contributing to the development of initiatives raising awareness about the history, beauty and fragility of unique places;
  • Developing artistic concepts and projects (cultural products and services), including field recordings, works of art (i.e. landmark installations), with the captured sounds, tailored and distributed in space using digital technologies. 

All interested creative and cultural professionals will be invited to submit individual and/or group concept proposals for new innovative and feasible solutions (products, services). These solutions can be creative and cultural and/or scientific and educational while directly contributing to raising  awareness and disseminating knowledge on the richness and need for preservation of the cultural and natural heritage of the Albarracín region.

The results of the residency will be sustained through the SONOTOMIA Digital Hub which development will be launched during the residency implementation and further developed within the project duration. The Digital Hub will be a virtual collaborative space that will link the participants from different countries, their works, business models and entrepreneurial ecosystems. 

Residents will have an opportunity to be a pro-active part of the development of this platform. With the help of the project partners, the Digital Hub will promote peer learning and establishment of synergies between former residents, thus, helping participants to exploit their collective knowledge, connections, and networks for each other’s benefits. It will deliver support services such as continued coaching on innovation and sustainability. Finally, it will become an external sharing space on know-how on the acoustic archiving and ecology of listening concerning the topic of heritage promotion and preservation; and knowledge about sounds through its sound library.

 

APPLICANT’S PROFILE

SONOTOMIA is looking for creative and cultural professionals of various backgrounds residing in Spain who have experience or wish to build expertise in some of the following areas:

  • Application of field recordings and spatial sound compositions for the art and culture purposes (e.g. installation design, community/audience development, cultural expression and creativity);
  • Application of soundscapes and sound library for an educational and scientific purposes (e.g. environmental studies and sustainability, climate change, preservation of heritage, health and wellbeing); and
  • New music creation and sound research (e.g. music composition, music technology, performance).

The residency supports acceptance of the professionals at any stage of their artistic or scientific career, therefore, from the established artists to those at the beginning of a deeper personal exploration of sound, as well as students. Considering the work will be organised in group activities, SONOTOMIA residents will work together, exchanging expertise and experiences on the given topics and building the legacy of SONOTOMIA together. Already taking into account the sustainability aspect, SONOTOMIA encourages joint proposals from a couple or few professionals that can demonstrate possible development of interdisciplinary innovative solutions.

EXPECTATIONS

This residency envisions three clear outputs that all residents will have a chance to contribute to:

  • Sound Library (Sound Capture)

SONOTOMIA Residents will identify, capture and classify the soundscapes of previously agreed elements of the natural and cultural heritage of the Albarracín region, for instance the sounds of the environment (landscape, flora, fauna), the sounds of the most significant buildings (cathedral, castle, churches, museums, hermitage) and the sounds of Albarracín streets among others.

  • Collecting Acoustics on Albarracín Cultural Heritage Sites 

SONOTOMIA residents will build up the sound of Albarracín by collecting sound archives and using 4DSOUND technology to translate the acoustics of the town’s most relevant historical sites within the virtual environment of 4DSOUND.

  • Landmark Art Installation

Residents will have an opportunity to conceptualise and prototype the first joint solution (blueprint) of a landmark installation which will be developed in the later stages of the project. 

Musical Final Presentation Piece (Alentejo, Portugal 2022)

Some of the residents who are keener on sound engineering and music composition will be in charge of experimenting with and developing sound elements for the purpose of creating a musical piece, to be shown at Terras sem Sombra Festival in Alentejo in 2022. 

SONOTOMIA seeks cooperation and peer-learning among all residents, regardless of their backgrounds, experiences and interests, as a significant source of inspiration and a critical aspect of the SONOTOMIA Residency 2.0. The orientation and support of the professionals will be initiated before the residency through virtual meetings to prepare them for collaboration and the setting in which the work will take place and will continue throughout the duration of the residency and beyond. 

 
SUBSISTENCE COSTS

This project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme; therefore the SONOTOMIA residents will have their travel and all subsistence costs covered.

SONOTOMIA will not cover any costs of leisure activities outside of the residency programme nor costs related to the individual health insurance. 

 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES AND SUBMISSION

SONOTOMIA invites all interested and eligible professionals to submit their proposals by filling out the Application Form. The confirmation email will be sent upon the successful submission. The individual and joint proposals for the SONOTOMIA Residency 2.0 must be submitted by 11 April 2021 23:59 Central European Time

 

SELECTION PROCEDURE 

Submissions that are complete and eligible according to the application guidelines are reviewed by the SONOTOMIA consortium. All applicants will receive information about their acceptance no later than 15 April. Due to Covid-19, SONOTOMIA holds the responsibility to inform accepted professionals about the possible changes in the programme, especially concerning the date of residency implementation.

 
CONTACT US 

In case of any queries and doubts, please send us an email to sonotomiaweb@gmail.com.