The Cultures of Sound Network (CSN) was announced in March, 2018, as a new joint venture between four major cultural organizations: the U of A Sound Studies Initiative, the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place at Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Canadian Museum of History, and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

But what exactly is it? Curious Arts sat down with Mary Ingraham, Director of the Sound Studies Initiative, to learn more.

“The CSN is one of several research projects within the Sound Studies Initiative,” she explains. “It’s a very unique one because it has multiple institutional partners outside the university.”

One such partner is York University who is collaborating with the CSN on a project called “Connecting Culture and Childhood.” Through the Aboriginal Multimedia Society of Alberta to develop materials that can be shared back with the community — largely Cree, Territory 6 — that would also be part of cultures with sound.

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