For the academic year 2019/20, the lab focuses on a collaborative research project titled "Mapping Musical Life: Urban Culture and Local Press in the Post-Unitarian Italy". Participants will engage in several different activities, centered around the monitoring and reconstruction/restitution of the Milanese soundscape between 1866 and 1882. The lab deals with the documentation of those public and private spaces relevant to the realm of musical sociability of the nineteenth century; with the digitalization of a variety of iconographic sources for the city of Milan, which underwent a great transformation into "modernity" during the period covered by the project; and with the realization of short documentaries on the most relevant topics. Based on the skills and interests of the participants, the lab will adjust in "transforming" its objects of analysis into a performative project broadly speaking.
At the end of the course, students will be able to geolocate sonic and musical phenomena, to familiarize with historic press, and to work with databases of musical-historical information.
Prerequisites for admission
By taking advantage of the variety of skills brought by each participant, the lab does not have any prerequisites for admission.
The lab employs a variety of teaching formats, including frontal lectures, seminars, visiting professors, and practical support activities required by the annual performative project at the core of the lab.