TSP (Texas Soundmap Project)

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The central idea of this project (still in the works) is to map out Texas’ acoustic history and diversity.

Materials presented here come from three main sources:

1: Recordings from sound archives.

Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, Texas A&M University

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Alan Lomax Collection, Association for Cultural Equity

East Texas History, Sam Houston State University


John, Ruby, and Alan Lomax recordings [1933-1948]

William A. Owens Recordings [1938-1942]

Oral Histories 

2: Recordings from personal collections.


Leonardo Cardoso Collection

3: Collaborative work with Texas A&M undergraduate students.

Students are organized into groups and work together to learn about the performance from different angles. The tasks each group has to complete include:

  1. Field recording: students should register a representative excerpt  of the performance.
  2. History of the performance: when and how did the performance start? What groups were involved? Has it changed through the years? If so, how?
  3. Participant observation: students have to attend the performances and describe their experience.
  4. Performance analysis: how is the event structured? Is there a narrative? Who are the performers?
  5. Spatial elements: where does the performance take place? How does the space help to shape the performance?
  6. Interview: students have to talk with someone directly involved with the performance.


Fall 2015 Group projects (Texas A&M students)

Spring 2016 Group projects (Texas A&M students)


Greg Bailey, Archivist and Clements Curator — Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, Texas A&M University

John Bondurant, Digital Archivist — Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, Texas A&M University

Leonardo Cardoso, Assistant Professor — Department of Performance Studies, Texas A&M University

William Page, Librarian — University Libraries, Texas A&M University

Sally Ann Schutz, PhD student — English Department, Texas A&M University


Department of Performance Studies, Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University Libraries

Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, Texas A&M University

Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture, Texas A&M University


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