Sonic Entanglements, funded by the Dutch Scientific Research Organization (Nederlands Wetenschappelijk Organisatie – NWO) is headed by dr. meLê yamomo and  is embedded at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis and the Department of Theatre Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

About the website
On this website, you can read the description of the project and the latest news and events related to Sonic Entanglements. You can find information about the people involved and our different institutional partners.

In the Listen section, you will find the latest episode of the Sonic Entanglements Podcast. Project partners also curate and share historical and archival sounds that they are working on in the Sound Bite section. Please check them out and have a listen.

If you have questions or comments, please let us know through the contact page.

About the project
The research project, Sonic Entanglements: Listening to Modernities in Sound Recordings of Southeast Asia, 1890-1950 will identify, organize, and analyze extant early sound (musical and non-musical) media in and about Southeast Asia during the emergence and development of early recording technologies in the region (1880-1950). The research endeavors to expand the historiographical archival corpus to include the early sound media and technologies as primary sources for the theoretical reflection of the Southeast Asian cultural history of modernities and the region’s entanglement with modern globalization. The project methodologically shifts away from the philological analyses of historical texts, towards developing a framework of knowing how residents of Southeast Asia understood and constituted modernities through hearing and listening. In doing so, the study aims to provide a corrective in the text literacy-based historiography of Southeast Asia modernities which occludes non-literate actors and ‘voices’. This study on historical sounds of the Southeast Asian region also contributes to expanding the geographical and cultural bases of the sound studies and sound history. The project will examine three themes of modernities in three different case studies: (1) modern racial epistemology and the colonial practices of ethnomusicology, (2) urbanization and ‘noise’ policies, and (3) anti/postcolonial political identities and early radio broadcast.

Sonic Entanglements will produce academic publications, workshops, artistic projects and a podcast series to make its findings available to the public.