Pitt Rivers sound archive to be played in darkened galleries

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On 23 November Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum hosts its Christmas Light Night: a series of performances and installations using the museum's digitised sound archive, put together by composer in residence Nathaniel Mann and ethnomusicologist Noel Lobley. 

The night will include a performance by sound artist Robin Alderton, who will be performing surrounded by dictaphones, Dansette players and reel to reel playing material drawn from the archives, manipulating these field recordings and the mechanical sounds of the machines. 

The night also includes Father Damian Webb's recordings of children's songs from Europe and East Africa, played in a tent on the lawn outside, and sounds from the archive of American author Louis Sarno recorded in the Central African Republic in the 1980s, which will be played into darkened galleries and visitors will be given torches to explore.  

Oxford Pitt Rivers Museum, 23 November, 6–10pm, free. More details here

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