“Palaeo-” (pā′lē ō, -ə). combining form: early, prehistoric, or ancient; Greek palaios for “old”;
Palaeophonics is a live multimedia performance event which will take you on a journey backwards through time, exploring ways we have created and used sound and music since our early human origins. It brings together eight new collaborative works by composers, film-makers and archaeologists from across Europe and the Americas at the first concert of its kind on Friday 27 May 2011.
With support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Beyond Text programme and the University of Edinburgh Campaign, we invited scholars and artists from across Europe and The Americas to propose new research-based performance projects which come together for the first time at the George Square Theatre in Edinburgh.
The initiative aims to promote new innovative, interdisciplinary and collaborative work between world-leading established scholars, artists and doctoral candidates from across Europe and the Americas in a manner accessible to a wider public audience.
As the first part of the initiative, a presentation and discussion session Artefact to Auditorium was co-organised at the Theoretical Archaeology Group (TAG) conference at Bristol University on Sunday 19 December 2010.
The second part of the initiative, the concert in Edinburgh, includes a world premier of new film and live performance on the ‘sound stages’ of Valcamonica rock-art site in Alpine Italy, directed by British-Austrian film-maker Fredrick Baker; film and composition from Orkney by Aaron Watson and John Was; composition “Unnamed” for solo flute by Mexican composer Mauricio Rodriguez, created by Mexican soloist Wilfrido Tarrazas and 3D animated sound-field model and composition “Stonehenge Ritual Sound” by Rupert Till, Andrew Taylor and Ertu Unver. This is followed on Saturday 28 May 2011 by a workshop for further developing and disseminating the outcomes of the initiative.
Palæophonics was conceived by Producer and Director Farès Moussa and Director Paul Keene, both based at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Corisande Fenwick, based at Stanford University in California, United States, is Assistant Director.