Sound & Science: Digital Histories
SSDH is an ongoing digitization project devoted to the history of acoustics, based on work by members of the research group "Epistemes of Modern Acoustics" at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. The digital archive provides access to and context for unique sources in the history of acoustics, such as texts, images, sound, film, and historical reenactments, along with entries on the people, places, instruments, and technologies that have shaped this history.
The database is a multimedia resource for historians of science, culture, and technology, along with students and other researchers. It aims to explore the relationship between historical innovations in the study of sound and the scientific, artistic, religious, and political practices that make up their context. How did acoustic knowledge travel between a science of sound and the practice of musicians, engineers, or everyday listeners? How is that knowledge itself a product of sonic strategies, from skilled listening and musical composition to advanced audio engineering?
Find out how to navigate the database here.
This database is an initiative of the Max Planck Research Group "Epistemes of Modern Acoustics":
Special thanks to the Epistemes of Modern Acoustics student assistants: Eric Caselles, Hannah Eßler, Jonathan Haid, Yaroslav Koshelev, Lotte Schüßler, Alina Topf, and Fabian Voigtschild.
To source, digitize, and contextualize rare material, the database team works with international partners including the "Epistemic Dissonances. Objects and Tools of Early Modern Acoustics" project, SFB 980 at Freie Universität Berlin, The Leibniz Research Group "Materiality of Musical Instruments: New Approaches to a Cultural History of Organology" at Deutsches Museum Munich, and the research programme Maastricht University - Science, Technology and Society Studies (MUSTS).
We greatly welcome contributions from scholars and practitioners in the history of acoustics. Please get in touch here.
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