In this pilot episode of the Sonic Entanglements podcast, I spoke to Barbara about some of the earliest sound and music recordings made in colonial Indonesia by Jaap Kunst in the early 1900s. Barbara talks about the history of how these recordings would eventually form the Jaap Kunst Ethnomusicology Archive at the University of Amsterdam. As the curator of the archive, we discussed the future of this collection and how they can be disclosed to the community from which they were recorded. 

 

Barbara Titus is an associate professor of Cultural Musicology and is the curator of the Jaap Kunst Sound Collection at the University of Amsterdam. In this capacity, she is the Project Leader and First Principal Investigator of the JPICH-funded project Decolonizing Southeast Asian Sound Archives (DeCoSEAS) that renegotiates established understandings of heritage curation. 

 

Sonic Entanglements is hosted and produced by meLê yamomo. Thijs van den Geest is our sound engineer and sound editor, and Jean Barcena is our publicity manager. Our theme music is created by Markus Hoogervorst. This podcast is funded by the Dutch Research Organization. For more information, visit www.sonic-entanglements.com 

 

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