The Centre for Sound Communities Launches at CBU

Ian McNeil and Marcia Ostashewski

Ian Macneil, host of the launch event stands with Dr. Marcia Ostashewski

Cape Breton University is now home to a new research facility with a multi-disciplinary focus. The Centre for Sound Communities supports collaborative and community-engaged research in sound, movement and performance. A hub of interdisciplinary creative work, it is a world-class digital arts and humanities research lab, a multi-camera and immersive sound environment for creativity in performance, recording and analysis, that celebrates local knowledge.

“The Centre for Sound Communities is a place where we will all come together to celebrate local knowledge, and the ways in which we are connected with people and, places and practices around the world,” says Marcia Ostashewski, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and (Tier 2) Canada Research Chair in Communities and Cultures. “It is a space in which we will learn with and from one another, and honour the resilience, the wisdom, creativity and joy in our communities. Building upon our strengths – the soundness of our communities – working together, we will support the sharing of knowledge and the continued growth in our communities, collaborative, creative and critical thinking with which we will face challenges together. This will be the resounding nature and legacy of our work here.”

Research in the Centre for Sound Communities focuses on sound and movement as multisensorial means of engaging our world – including dance and music – as complementary creative practices in performance and interactive media. The research is accomplished through traditional research and dissemination; through work that is constitutively visual and/or acoustic like including musical performances, dancing or storytelling; and through intensive programs of public outreach and engagement, dialogue and exchange.

The Centre for Sound Communities is composed of three main rooms – a Studio, a Media Lab and a Meeting Room. They function separately as a performance, post-production and analysis, and a meeting room; as well as together, as a creative rehearsal, performance, recording, documentation, analysis, production, research, meeting and presentation space. Together, they support the research and analysis of sound and movement, using audio/visual documentation to demonstrate relationships between them. Research carried out in this new facility will contribute to a living, dynamic archive of sound and movement that captures the fleeting nature of performances and can be revisited for interpretation.

The Centre is made possible through funding by NSRIT and CFI.

For more information or to book the Centre, please contact Brittany Erickson.