Museum Soundscape Curator

Guest curator responsible for updating and maintaining the playlists of the soundscapes made by the University of Victoria’s Anthropology of Sound classes.


Anthropology of Sound 2017 Class

Anthropology of Sound 2017 Class

Welcome to the playlist for the Anthropology of Sound, class of 2017. Students from the University of Victoria have been inspired by various artifacts, dioramas, and exhibits and created original soundscapes to accompany them. You can also listen to these soundscapes, and many more from previous classes, on Soundcloud (click here to check it out!)


“A Bike Ride by the Sea” by Katherine Gillis (audio)
"The background sound of the ocean is really a distorted version of the trickling water from the university's waterfall, and the end of the sound clip has a bicycle clip played in reverse to represent the movement of going back in time, to a time when the style of bicycle that the soundscape is based off of would have existed."

“Dinner Party” by Caitlin Wynne (audio)
"I chose the china tea set because I have always loved china tea sets.
When I see these tea sets it always makes me think of extravagant dinner
parties with live music. Through this soundscape I tried to represent a
dinner party with the soundscape ending with the string quartet ready
to start the music."

“Floating” by Katie McPherson (audio)
"The inspiration for this soundscape came from an old boating float made from blown glass wrapped with rope. In the soundscape I choose to bring out the sounds of water, rope tying it together with a methodic bass line to create a distorted track that invokes a mellow interpretation of what it could be like floating along the water."

“Water is Life” by Ben Ghafari (audio)
"Throughout this project, I attempted to capture the relevance of water in our daily lives. While listening to this production, one should appreciate the fragility of water in all its majesty. This soundscape provides the listener with a figurative breath of fresh air swept from the surface of salty tides."

“Vancouver’s Globe” by Nathan Daigle (audio)
"The year is 1794. . . The soundscape begins outside of the docked Discovery. The weather is gloomy and Sea Lions are heard near by. A crew member enters the quarters, sits down, and spins the globe several times. A haunting melody creeps into the soundscape, representative of things to come."

“Journey” by Matthew Kennell and Danny Thon (audio)
"This soundscape is meant to evoke feelings of nostalgia and curiosity for people in modern society as many, if not all of us, will never experience an ocean crossing in a boat such as this one. we also wanted to add some muffled voices and other sounds that might not be as familiar to listeners that could still be present in this context."

“Lost in Space” by Laura Steele and Georgia Pike (audio)
"'Lost in Space' is designed to transport its listener into the mind of a blind person. In general, people who are blind or visually impaired tend to be more in tune with their other senses, including sound. Our intention with 'Lost in Space' is to emphasize the importance sound and the important role sound plays when interacting with the world."

“Mise-en-scène” by Fernanda Sotomayor (audio)
"This soundscape aims to tell a story that will make you experience the sounds and emotions of going to the movie theatres in both, contemporary time and the 1920’s.  Let your imagination drive you through this soundscape and discover the importance of sound and its relation to our daily lives in all times."

“The Youth of the 1940’s” by Jaclyn Richmond (audio)
"This​ ​ soundscape​ ​is​ ​intended​ ​to​ ​marry​ ​the joyous​ ​sounds​ ​of​ ​​ ​music​ ​with​ ​the​ ​battle​ ​sounds​ ​of​ ​World​ ​War​ ​II. ​ It​ ​aims​ ​to​ ​encapsulate emotions​ ​of​ ​both​ ​ happy​ ​and​ ​heartbreaking​ ​while​ ​highlighting​ ​the​ ​ever​ ​timeless​ ​importance​ ​of music."

“Layers of Time” by Jason Sanche (audio)
"Layers of Time" is an exploration of how clock time, perceptual time and nature-time weave together. The metered clock time layer is composed of the sound of a boar-scarer repeated and layered at different frequencies to form rhythms, threaded into a narrative of a 3-year-old as concepts of time begin to mix into her mind...
Museum Soundscape Curator
Museum Soundscape Curator