1st Special Session on Acoustics of
Ancient Musical/Sonorous Artifacts
Aerophones, chordophones, idiophones, membranophones, mixed & other sonic artifacts.


Yaxchilan's whistle

The First Special Sessions were oriented to researchers and administrators related with the study and spreading of the ancient sonorous patrimony, mainly in the fields of: ancient musical acoustics, ancient organology, ancient sonorous technology, ancient psicoacoustics, ancient sonic medicine, ethnomusicology, ancient musicology, ancient music, archaeology, antropology, museography, history, ancient esthetic, sculpture, ceramic, clay & art, construction & conservation of ancient sonorous artifacts & signal analysis.

The Sessions are very important for the ancient organology, because it is the first time that these are included in an international meeting in this continent. It unites several fields of research and opens a new space of study that was developed and used during several millenniums. The organology of the Americas was destroyed. During the conquest and colonization five centuries ago, it was forbidden and then forgotten. In Mexico, That policy has continued, despite of independece, revolution and laws ordering the study and promulgation of Pre-Hispanic and indigenous cultures. Thousands of ancient sonorous artifacts stored at museums, collectors and explorations are waiting to be systematically analyzed.



The 1st Special Session were included in:
1st Joint Sessions on Ancient Acoustics
1st Joint Meeting ASA-FIA-IMA
, Cancun, México, 1-6/December/2002
Woorld Wide Press Room
Meeting abstracts

SPECIAL SESSIONS ON ANCIENT SOUNDING INSTRUMENTS

THURSDAY AFTERNOON, 5 DECEMBER 2002
GRAN CORAL 2, 1:30 TO 2:30 P.M.

Session 4pAAa

Architectural Acoustics, Musical Acoustics and Physical Acoustics: Ancient Acoustics III. Sounding Instruments

James P. Cottingham, Cochair
Department of Physics, Coe Collage, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52405

Roberto Velazquez, Cochair
Virtual Research Institute Tlapitzcalzin


Invited Papers

1:30


4pAAa1. The Asian free-reed mouth organs. James P. Cottingham (Department of Physics, Coe Collage, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52405, jcotting@coe.edu)

1:50


4pAAa2. Ancient celtic Horns. Murray Campbell. (Univ. Edimburg, Edimburg, EH9 3JZ, UK)

2:10


4pAAa3. Characteristics and speculations on the uses of Strombus trumpets found at the ancient Peruvian center Chavin de Huántar. John Rick. (Dept. of Antropological Sci. Stanford Univ. Bldg. 360, Stanford, CA 94305-2117) and David Lubman (David Lubman & Assoc. Westminister, CA, 92683-4514)


GRAN CORAL 2, 1:30 TO 2:30 P.M.

Session 4pAAb

Architectural Acoustics, Musical Acoustics and Physical Acoustics: Ancient Acoustics IV. Pre-columbian Sounding Instruments

Roberto Velazquez, Cochair
Virtual Research Institute Tlapitzcalzin


James P. Cottingham, Cochair
Department of Physics, Coe Collage, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52405

The session was opened with sounds from a trumpet of Bonamkak, played by Susan Rawcliff, as it was used in the Maya ceremonies of 12 centuries ago.

Invited Papers

4:45


4pAAb1. Construction practices in pre-Hispamic flutes. Susan Rawcliffe (P.O. Box, San Pedro, CA 90733)

3:05


4pAAb3. Zapotec Whistles. Gonzalo Sanchez. (Virgen del Carmen 158, Col. Virgencitas, Nerzahualcoyotl, Edo. de México, C.P. 57300, México)

3:25


4pAAb3. Yaxchilan's whistles. Roberto Velázquez (rvelaz.geo@yahoo.com). It was posted as a Lay Paper in the ASA World Wide Press Room.

3:45


4pAAb4. The songs of Tlaloc: Interferences of ten ceramic duct flutes, Iffering 89 of Aztec Templo Mayor. M.A. Adje Both (Intst. for Latin-American Studies, Ruedersheimer Str. 52-54, 14197 Berlin, Germany, adje@antamauna.de)

Contributed Papers

4:05


Trumpets of Bonampak. Special contribution, not included in the program. Roberto Velézquez Cabrera.

4:20


4pAAb6. Musical Instruments from Mayan culture. Isabel Elena Romero Rizo, Jose de Jesús Negrete Redondo and Pablo Roberto Lizana Paulin (Acoust. Lab., ESIME, IPN, México, plizana98@hotmail.com)

4:35


4pAAb7. Ancient noise generators. Sergio Beristain, Rolando Menchaca and Roberto Velázquez (Acoust. Lab., ESIME, IPN, Mexico, sberista@hotmail.com)


Roberto Velázquez Cabrera
Virtual Research Institute Tlapitzcalzin