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Umashankar and the Earchaeologists

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"Acoustic excavations", Uma Shakar

I am a sound recordist. Have been one for about 30 years now. A sound recordist with an interest in technology, who had been building equipment and microphones for use in his work and fiddling with computers (with an Apple II and then with the inevitable PCs). I was asked six years ago to measure the acoustics of an ancient archaeological site.1

- Problem one: what does one actually measure?

I knew it had to include Reverberation Time (RT measured  in Sabines), but what else? I was quite sure reverberation time would not tell me very much, and this was an outdoor space where there should be n...

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Sarai Reader, 03 : "Shaping Technologies", pp. 83-89

Description for the exhibition Anarchéologie, June 15-September 11 2017

The collective Umashankar and the Earchaeologists – a word mingling “archaeology” with “ear” – consists of artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan, curator Nida Ghouse and acoustician Umashankar Manthravadi, all three interested in sound. Continuing the researches begun by Manthravadi in the mid-1990s, the group studies the acoustic properties of theatres/ Hindu temples in Kerala to reveal the unthinking and disdainful assumptions of colonial endeavours.

The video Vadakkamnathan Koothambalam, referring to the theatre/mediaeval temple of Thrissur, was especially produced for this exhibition, as is the be...

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