Workshop—”Will you play upon this”? Designing auditory displays for Early Modern drama

Fusing Audio and Semantic Technologies (FAST) project, Oxford e-Research Centre, and Centre for Digital Scholarship Workshop

Do you work with early modern drama or music? Come to a workshop on sonifying the Early Modern stage!
GlobeTheatreMusicWhat: “Will you play upon this”? Designing auditory displays for Early Modern drama

Who: Iain Emsley and Pip Willcox

When: 10.30—13.00, Tuesday 17 November 2015

Where: Centre for Digital Scholarship, Weston Library (map)

Access: open to all; free; registration is essential

Please meet near the Information Desk in Blackwell Hall, Weston Library (map) at 10.25. If you are already in the Library, you can find the Centre for Digital Scholarship on the first floor of the Weston Library, through the Mackerras Reading Room and around the gallery. Please note that all bags will need to be left in lockers (£1 returnable deposit).


Compared to visualization, approaching textual analysis through sonification is under-studied. We invite people who work with Early Modern drama, literature, and music to join us at the this workshop. We will discuss approaches to sound design that will increase our understanding of text and its sonification: how best can we present the text; what questions can we answer using this approach? This workshop builds on existing work experimenting with Shakespeare’s Hamlet. We will develop sample sounds after the workshop for use with with texts. 


Iain Emsley is a research associate at the Oxford e-Research Centre, working with the Software Sustainability Institute and the Square Kilometre Array. Currently reading for a Masters in Software Engineering at the University of Oxford, he has organized and attended hack sessions. His research interests include sonification.

Pip Willcox co-ordinates the Centre for Digital Scholarship and co-directs the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School, convening its introductory strand. With a background in scholarly editing and book history, she is an advocate for engaging new audiences for multidisciplinary scholarship and library collections through digital media. She conceived and ran the Sprint for Shakespeare public campaign and the Bodleian First Folio project. Previous projects include Early English Print in the HathiTrust (ElEPHãT)—a linked semantic prototyping project, Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership, the Stationers’ Register Online, and the Shakespeare Quartos Archive.



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