Cite this as: Graham, S, and Simons, J. 2021 Listening to Dura Europos: An Experiment in Archaeological Image Sonification, Internet Archaeology 56. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.56.8
We present an experiment in sonifying archival archaeological imagery to make the act of looking at photography strange and weird. The sounds produced will then arrest us and slow us down, and make apparent to us the different ways that archaeological vision is constructed to particular effect/affect. It makes us alive to what is hidden or elided in the image itself; in slowing down, listening/looking/moving at one, we are moved towards enchantment, and engage in a kind of digital hermeneutics that reveals more than what the lens may have captured.
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Corresponding author: Shawn Graham
Department of History, Carleton University
Figure 1: A visualisation of our impression of the intensity of the music on a scale of 1–10 versus our description of the emotions in each piece as scored using the AFINN lexicon for sentiment analysis
Table 1: Original emotional responses and impressions of the intensity of the resulting image sonifications prior to looking at the images
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