The Sounding Bodies Research Project was a research project initiated by Jenny Gräf Sheppard, Associate Professor and head of the Laboratory for Sound at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. It was supported by a Kunstnerisk Udviklingsvirksomhed (KUV) grant from The Danish Ministry of Culture. Exploring resonance in and between bodies, the project drew from the fields of Acoustic Ecology, Perceptual Studies, Practices in Improvisation and Healing.

During 2018 the focus was on developing scores, exercises and tools that can be used to expand awareness of resonance as a source for creative exploration. The project was manifested through activity of the SOBO Study/Research Group comprised of students from different Academies throughout Denmark and active professionals in the fields of anthropology, sound, acoustic ecology and arts who researched specific areas that informed the overall project. With visiting workshops and collaborations from scholars near and afar, a symposium, website and book, the research project included experimentation, dissemination and public engagement.

From 2019-2020, the focus of the project was a collaborative experimentation with the creative potential of flat, tactile speakers, made from copper spirals and different material substrates. Experimentation took place at the Harvard University Physics Laboratory with collaborator Victoria Shen and at Knast Instrument Company in Baltimore, Maryland with collaborator Karl Ekdahl. Ekkoflok/Valdemar Kristensen in Copenhagen, Denmark collaborated and contributed the Oscitrode instrument schematic for integration into the project. See the SPEAKER EXPERIMENTS page under Activity for experimentation and results.

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Project Leader

Jenny Graf Sheppard
Associate Professor
Laboratory for Sound,
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Kongens Nytorv 1
1050 Kbh K


Stephen McEvoy

Mathias Riis Andersen

Technical Consultant

Valdemar Kristensen


Richard Lundquist