New workshops around sound and technology in 2014

The Music Technology Group and the Phonos Foundation received two grants in 2014 to promote sound and technology among young people through projects around environment and multiculturalism. The Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT) has given a grant for activities for the promotion of creativity and scientific vocations and the Obra Social la Caixa has given a grant as part of its program Art for improving social issues.

The sounds of nature

Sound Maps of the Nature is a project supported by the Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT) and the Ajuntament del Prat that proposes high school students to explore the sounds of the natural areas of el Delta del Llobregat through a series of workshops coordinated by Eloïsa Matheu, biologist and expert in sounds of the nature.

In the workshops the students approach the biodiversity of the space through its sounds and make use of technology to record, edit and share the sounds on the Freesound web. With those sounds they create a sound map of the Delta del Llobregat.

All teaching materials for these workshops will be available later on this website ( in order other natural areas can reuse them and replicate the workshops.


The sounds of cultures

In the framework of Sons of Barcelona, young people from different cultural origins will participate in a series of workshops to explore the sounds of the cultures of the city. Participants will work into issues such as cultural identity and the knowledge of other cultures through their particular sounds. They will record sounds from their daily lives and will use Freesound to describe them and share them with the world.

Finally an artist will create a work with the sounds resulting from the workshops to be presented at a public event: a collective work about the sounds of the multicultural Barcelona.

This project called The Sons of Cultures is supported by Obra Social La Caixa. The workshops are coordinated by the doctor in ethnomusicology and sound anthropologist Ilaria Sartori.