Mapping Early Modern Parisian Sound Worlds

Journal title STORIA URBANA
Author/s Nicholas Hammond
Publishing Year 2024 Issue 2022/173
Language English Pages 13 P. 47-59 File size 273 KB
DOI 10.3280/SU2022-173004
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The digital project which forms the focus of this article is the website Both the theory and practice of attempting to recreate the sound worlds and particularly the song culture of early modern Paris are discussed in this article, starting with the research-based background to the project, with the publication of two monographs, and moving to the musical collaboration with the period instrument group Badinage. The importance of the Pont Neuf both as an auditory space and as the location where street songs were most often performed is analysed, followed by consideration of the various challenges that we have encountered in attempting to recreate the sound worlds of the 1600s and 1700s. The three major features of the website - transcription of handwritten manuscripts, song recordings, and song tunes - are highlighted, as are the future plans for the development of the project.

Keywords: Street Songs, Paris, Pont Neuf, Sound Studies, Early Modern Soundscapes, Digital Project.

Nicholas Hammond, Mapping Early Modern Parisian Sound Worlds in "STORIA URBANA " 173/2022, pp 47-59, DOI: 10.3280/SU2022-173004