Join us Wednesday, October 30th, in the Hoagy Carmichael Room for "ATM Listening Party Series: Nightmares in the Field." Just in time for Halloween, two ATM graduate assistants will explore collections of sound recordings held at the Archives of Traditional Music.
Isaiah Green, a graduate student in Folklore and Ethnomusicology, will guide us through a collection of wax cylinder recordings from the Crocker Land expedition of 1913-1917. The collector is unknown and the cylinders mostly contain recordings of animal sounds and Inuit songs. Isaiah will explore the tragic story of how these recordings were made and the horrible events that took place on the Crocker Land expedition. This presentation will be a characterized narrative through the eyes of Walter Ekblaw on the events that he described as "one of the darkest and most deplorable tragedies in the annals of Arctic exploration."
Suyash Kumar Neupane, a graduate student in Folklore and Ethnomusicology, will examine a collection of over 260 recordings made in Nepal by Terence Bech, who earned both masters and doctoral degrees from IU. He ventured into Nepal in the 60s, and again in the 70s, as a Peace Corps volunteer and as an ethnographer shortly after the country’s borders were opened to the outside world in the 1950s. His collection is a valuable documentation of cultural life in Nepal. Unknown to most, however, are his harrowing adventures in Nepal as a mountaineer.
This program is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Archives of Traditional Music. For more information, contact the ATM at 812.855.4679.