AHRC Doctoral Award in Music Composition, RNCM PRiSM & The National Archives

  • Closes: 27th June 2021
  • Type: Full time
  • Salary: Paid (£15k-20k)
  • Contact: Sam Duffy sam.duffy@rncm.ac.uk

Sounds and Silences in the Archives of Empire – exploring the records of Empire through the composition of new music and multimedia works.

This unprecedented collaboration between RNCM PRiSM and The National Archives directly addresses current technological and cultural/political moments. There has been an explosion of activity in the fields of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, a development which will significantly impact art-making, and our broader culture. At the same time, there is an increasing cultural and political recognition of the need to address the legacies of Empire. Sounds and Silences aims to challenge assumptions about Empire and the way its official history has been recorded.

This calls for artistic, public facing, participatory projects that acknowledge, and collectively process, problematic histories. Sounds and Silences answers this need. It is inherently inclusive, aiming not only to uncover and highlight new and hidden narratives within The National Archives’ collections, but to actively empower and unsilence the voices that guide those narratives. The student will engage directly with local communities and cultural centres, via workshops, interviews and facilitated knowledge exchanges in order to embed the histories and experiences of members of the public directly within the research.

‘Sounds and Silences’ will embed a composer at The National Archives to explore the records of Empire through the creation and public dissemination of a portfolio of new music and multimedia works, aiming to recontextualise collections. Your work will explore and develop the uses of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to analyse and creatively explore archival text, in order to understand how new technologies can inform new musical works and address the archival legacies of Empire.

See https://www.rncm.ac.uk/jobs/rncm-prism-and-the-national-archives-doctoral-award/ for more details.