Echoes & traces: A digital approach to Welsh traditional music.

I am one of the PhD students based at the National Library of Wales | Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, and the essential aim of my project is to create a digital resource for the study of Welsh Traditional Music.

Sonic Visualiser output graph.

A visualisation of the waveform and tempo variations in the first recording of the Welsh National Anthem (Madge Breese, 1899). Produced using Sonic Visualiser.

Combining relevant items from the collections of the Library, the multimedia capacity of the internet, and concepts such as the social network, cultural geography, the archive and the trace, this interdisciplinary project aims to create an interrogable resource exploring the soundscape of Wales in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

My working research interests include topics such as: the optimisation of internet technologies for the study of music, the relationships between orality and textuality, the establishment of canons, and the formation and mythologisation of national musical identity.

The studentship is the result of an experimental partnership between the Open University and the National Library of Wales, and it is funded through the AHRC capacity-building block grant scheme.

More details of my research can be found at my ‘blog, echoes & traces.

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