European Evening of Sounds

Sound memories and practices of sonic remembering

The research focuses on sound memories and practices of sonic remembering of the 'fourth age'.

The starting point is the innovative radio program Evening of Sounds, which was developed in cooperation between the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation and the University of Eastern Finland. In the course of this new B-Air research, the program will be updated to an international format in cooperation with European radio stations, sound artists and research centers. Particular attention will be paid to the voices of the oldest of all - the frail fourth age. The aim is to increase understanding and awareness of both Europe's common intangible heritage and the specific characteristics of the acoustic heritage of Slovenia, Serbia, Finland, Italy and France. This will create a collaborative link between the intangible sonic heritages of the Forum's different countries.

Research proposal highlight sound memories and the oldest population, paying special attention to the acts of remembering and how sound memories are narrated. Departing from an innovative radiophonic programme Evening of Sounds, developed upon collaboration with the University of Eastern Finland and Finnish Broadcasting Company and upgrading it at an international level, research pays special attention to sound memories of underrepresented groups, such as old people. Analyzing live broadcast from European care-homes, connecting fragile populations there living with a transnational audience, sound artists and radio professionals, we propose to discuss the European sounds of the past – European acoustic heritage, raising awareness of Europe’s common history, while using the AIR functionality to memorize large quantities of sound sources recombining and perpetuating them far into the forseeable future, defying the decay of the human soul/artistic idea.

COLOPHONE:

Contributors:

Heikki Uimonen, Principal Investigator of European Evening of Sounds, WP6, University of Eastern Finland

Helmi Järviluoma-Mäkelä, Project Manager of European Evening of Sounds, WP6, University of Eastern Finland, Jukka Mikkola, Project producer of European Evening of Sounds, WP6, University of Eastern Finland

Experts:

Pertti Ylikojola (Producer, Finnish Broadcasting Company, Audio), Meri Kytö (University Teacher, soundscape researcher, University of Turku)

Collaborators:

Pertti Ylikojola (Producer, Finnish Broadcasting Company, Audio); Barbara Hribar, (B-Air); Saška Rakef Perko (RTVSLO); Gregor Pirš (RTVSLO & Ars Acustica Group, EBU); Nikoleta Dojćinović (RTS); Marijana Gojković (RTS); Ljubinka Dobrilović (RTS); Giuseppe Gavazza (CRESSON); Nicolas Tixier (CRESSON); Nicolas Rémy (CRESSON); Julien McOisans (CRESSON); Mojca Delač (RTVSLO); Damir Godjevac (RTVSLO); Darja Hlavka (RTVSLO); Bojana Šaljič Podešva; Rajko Muršič (University of Ljubljana); Ales Ogrič (RTVSLO); Luka Hvalc (RTVSLO); Primož Trdan (RTVSLO); Anamarija Štukelj (RTSLO); Tina Ogrin (RTVSLO); Sabrina Povšič Štimec (RTVSLO); Meri Kytö (University Teacher, soundscape researcher, University of Turku); Pavlica Bajsić Brazzoduro (Radio Teatar); Carehomes in Finland / Slovenia / Serbia TBA.

External financers:

Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland

Activities timeline (draft, TBA):

Workshop (on-line), 24.3.2022

Workshop, Ljubljana, at RTV SLO, 17.5.2022

Fieldwork in Serbia, Slovenia and Finland:

Preliminary interviews 1.4.--30.7.2022

Personal interviews & group / individual interviews in carehomes 1.7.2022--30.4.2023

Radio broadcasts:

Evening of Sounds, Finnish Broadcasting Company Radio1, 23.10.

Evenings of Sounds, Radio Television Slovenia TBA 2022-23)

Radio Television Serbia TBA 2023

Interactive Sound Map (under construction), meanwhile you can send sounds and descriptions of what they mean to you in MP3 format to the e-mail address heikki.uimonen@uef.fi