WORSHIP SOUND SPACES | Architecture, Acoustics and Anthropology
Christine Guillebaud, a social anthropologist and an ethnomusicologist, is a Research Fellow at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). She is the co-Director of the Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (CREM-LESC), located at the University of Paris Nanterre. Her academic interests include anthropology of sound, sound studies and the study of urban ambiances. She is currently leading the MILSON research program (milson.fr), dedicated to the study of sound environments in their sociocultural context of production and perception. She has carried out long-term fieldworks in India and edited the volume Toward an Anthropology of Ambient Sound (Routledge, 2017). Previously, she has published numerous articles and edited volumes on musical creation, multimodality, cultural heritage, intellectual property and sound humour.
Catherine Lavandier holds a civil engineering diploma and is professor in building acoustics at the civil engineering department of the technological institute in the University of Cergy-Pontoise, France. Her academic interests include room acoustic quality with a psychophysical approach (her PhD focused on the acoustic indicators needed to characterize the acoustic quality of concert halls) and soundscape quality with an ecological approach. She is regularly involved in French national or European projects whose common aim is to link the physical world of acoustics to the sound perceptions or to the sound representations of people. She participated in the European research network COST TD0804 « Soundscape of European Cities and Landscapes ». Currently, she works on the audio-visual interactions for outdoor and indoor environments.
The multimedia documents of this volume may be consulted at the address:
Short link: https://frama.link/WSS
Long link: https://archives.crem-cnrs.fr/archives/collections/CNRSMH_E_2018_003_001
• Christine Guillebaud and Catherine Lavandier
Religious Listenings: A multidisciplinary approach.
PART 1. SONIC ARCHITECTURE: ACOUSTIC INTENTIONS IN WORSHIP BUILDINGS
• Marc Asselineau
1. Characterizing the acoustics of places of worship: Should we believe in acoustic indicators?
• Jean-Christophe Valière and Bénédicte Palazzo-Bertholon
2. Towards a history of architectural acoustics using archeological evidence: What recent research on the uses of acoustic pots contributes to understanding of the quest for sound quality in 11th to 17th century churches.
• Gérard Colas
3. Temple soundspaces and ancient Hindu ritual texts.
PART 2. EXPERIENCING THE SACRED THROUGH SOUND
• Gaspard Salatko
4. The worldmaking ways of church bells: Three stories about the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris.
• Ahmed Elkhateeb
5. What should the reverberation inside a masjid be? A study exploring the demands of Imams.
• Christine Guillebaud
6. ‘Soundwalks in Shiva temple’: A situated approach to perceived ambiance.
• Astrid Zotter
7. Bells, auspiciousness and the god of music: Reflections on sound in ritual space in Nepalese Hindu traditions.
• Andrew J. Eisenberg
8. Resonant voices and spatial politics: An acoustemology of citizenship in a Muslim neighbourhood of the Kenyan coast.
PART 3. RESTORING THE SOUND AMBIANCES OF THE PAST
• Josée Laplace
9. The church beyond worship: Experiencing monumental soundspaces in the Roman Catholic churches of Montréal (Québec, Canada).
• Pascal Joanne
10. Sound heterotopia in a Cistercian monastery.
• Amit J. Wahurwagh Akshay P. Patil Alpana R. Dongre
11. The original acoustics of the sixteenth-century Mughal heritage of Burhanpur (India).
• Jean-Paul Thibaud
A world of attunements.