08.11.2017: "Interpretation of Historical Sound Recordings from the Institute of Ethnomusicology ZRC SAZU" und "Old Gramophone Records as Ethnochoreological Resource – Case Study of the Hoyer Trio"

08.11.2017: "Interpretation of Historical Sound Recordings from the Institute of Ethnomusicology ZRC SAZU" und "Old Gramophone Records as Ethnochoreological Resource – Case Study of the Hoyer Trio"

erstellt am 20. September 2017

Gastvorträge Drago und Rebeka Kunej (Ljubljana), 14-17.00 Uhr, Reiterkaserne, Raum 150


Drago Kunej: "Interpretation of Historical Sound Recordings from the Institute of Ethnomusicology ZRC SAZU"


The optimal playback, use and interpretation of ethnomusicological audio recordings are often difficult. This is especially true for historical audio carriers with ethnomusicological material because the majority of such material was recorded in the field often using inexpensive and poorly maintained equipment by researchers that lacked the necessary technical skills and were unable to utilize the full potential of the recording standards of the time. In addition, the field recording procedure and technology were frequently poorly documented. In this lecture, Drago Kunej discusses various problems in use and interpretation of historical audio material in the case of early sound recordings kept at the archive of the Institute of Ethnomusicology ZRC SAZU in Ljubljana (Slovenia). Using different audio and visual material, he presents specific irregularities that may occur if the playback parameters are selected superficially or incorrectly and demonstrates their influence on the interpretation of the recorded content. 



Dr. Drago Kunej is head of the Institute of Ethnomusicology ZRC SAZU, head of the institute’s Sound Archives and assistant professor at the Academy of Music and at the Department of Musicology at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana (Slovenia). He is actively involved in the technical and methodological aspects of sound recording for research purposes, particularly in ethnomusicological field recordings and the problems of sound preservation, restoration, re-recording, digitization, and archiving. He researches a history of sound recordings and early ethnomusicological sound recordings in Slovenia. He has been actively involved in several European and national projects, has presented his research work at many international conferences, published several scientific papers and two monograph books (The Phonograph has Arrived! : The First Sound Recordings of Slovenian Folk Music, 2008 and Music from both sides: Gramophone Records Made by Matija Arko and Hoyer Trio, 2016 ). As editor and sound engineer he has been involved in numerous publications of sound recordings.



Rebeka Kunej: "Old Gramophone Records as Ethnochoreological Resource – Case Study of the Hoyer Trio"

Until recently, 78 rpm gramophone records did not attract the interest of Slovenian folkdance researchers and were not used as research sources. When studying folkdance music, the researchers mainly focused on their own field sound recordings or similar material from their colleagues mostly recorded after World War II, but less on other resources. In this lecture it will be discussed how could old commercial gramophone records contribute to knowledge about Slovenian folkdance/music heritage and its sonority. As an example it will be used music from 1920’ by Hoyer Trio (Cleveland, Ohio, US).




Dr. Rebeka Kunej is researcher at the Institute of Ethnomusicology in the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU) in Ljubljana. She is lecturer in Instrumental Folk Music and Folk Dance at the Academy of Music, University of Ljubljana, and editor of Bulletin of the Slovene Ethnological Society. Her research topics include 78rpm records as a source of ethnochoreological research; selections and (re)presentations of traditional dance practices in post-1991 Slovenia; history of folkdance festivals and folkdance ensembles; dance as identity symbol of the immigrants/emigrants.





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