Experiencing Sounds in Ancient Spaces: An Overview


  • Angela Bellia Institute of Heritage Science. National Research Council




Arqueomusicologia, Arqueologia da Paisagem Sonora, Arqueoacústica, Arquitetura Aural


Este artigo tem como objetivo analisar estudos recentes que  têm levantado novas hipóteses sobre arqueomusicologia, arqueoacústica e arquitetura como uma tendência emergente  na pesquisa em humanidades, com um foco particular na intersecção de performances musicais, espaços teatrais e experiência sonora   no passado. Esses estudos destacaram como  os edifícios teatrais não apenas definiram um lugar  para as apresentações, mas também estabeleceram o cenário para  eventos multissensoriais nos quais a música, a dança e outros eventos sonoros desempenharam um papel importante.   Esta visão geral também leva em consideração como as tecnologias digitais podem ajudar a moldar nossa compreensão do nexo arquitetura-som.


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Biografia do Autor

  • Angela Bellia, Institute of Heritage Science. National Research Council

    Researcher of National Research Council (CNR), Institute of Heritage Science (ISPC) and Archaeological Institute of America, Chair of the Archaeomusicology Interest Group (AMIG). Editor in chief of TELESTES, An International Journal of Archaeomusicology and Archaeology of Sound, editor in chief of the series TELESTES. Studi e Ricerche di Archeologia Musicale nel Mediterraneo, mentor in the Joint European Mentoring Initiative’s (JEMI) pilot programme in North America.


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BELLIA, Angela. Experiencing Sounds in Ancient Spaces: An Overview. Revista do Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia, São Paulo, Brasil, n. 41, p. 17–31, 2023. DOI: 10.11606/issn.2448-1750.revmae.2023.211809. Disponível em: https://revistas.usp.br/revmae/article/view/211809.. Acesso em: 12 jun. 2024.