Glokale Sounds

The research project aims to react to fundamental changes that have taken place in the digital production of music (such as sampling and remixes) and in scientific research (such as the digital humanities).


  • Lead school Bern Academy of the Arts
  • Institute Institute Interpretation
  • Research unit Pop and Jazz in Context
  • Funding organisation SNSF
  • Duration 01.04.2016 - 30.09.2019
  • Project management Thomas Burkhalter
  • Head of project Thomas Burkhalter
  • Project staff Dr. Hannes Liechti
  • Partner Verein Norient
    Universität Bern
    Universität Bern, Forschungsschwerpunkt Digital Humanities


Our aim is to propose new methodologies by which music ethnography might be carried out between virtual and physical research fields in today's age of big data. Two subprojects will empirically examine how references to places (in the form of sounds and melodies) are processed in current pop music tracks and how they are newly encoded. This research will be based on an analysis of 50 tracks, in part from a multi-local perspective. This project hopes to offer critical conclusions for the young field of Internet ethnography. Drawing up a systematic typology of current remix practices for scientific research is a long-term goal of the project.

This project contributes to the following SDGs

  • 10: Reduced inequalities
  • 17: Partnerships for the goals