THE CENTRE FOR SOUND COMMUNITIES is a world-class digital arts and humanities research lab at Cape Breton University. It fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement on sound, movement, and performance toward the exchange of knowledge and the production of creative, critical research. The Centre for Sound Communities was jointly funded by Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust (NSRIT) in support of the research program of Dr. Marcia Ostashewski, Canada Research Chair in Communities and Cultures.
The Centre for Sound Communities produces both tangible and intangible research outcomes. These include sound and movement performance pieces, and other creative works; digital and born-digital artifacts such as audio/visual materials such as CDs, DVDs, and documentary films; as well as publications for both academic and public audiences. The research of Dr. Ostashewski and her research collaborators seeks to expand possibilities for research, both in terms of modalities and methodologies.
The Centre for Sound Communities hosts speakers, workshops, rehearsals, performances, recording and production session. The state-of-the art technologies of the facility are also portable, allowing work to be carried out in-community, locally and globally. The on-campus lab location, which includes specially-designed performance floors and equipment as well as work stations and meeting rooms, also serve as a collaborative work space for researchers, artist-practitioners, project groups and committees.