Sound Culture University

  • Deadline:
    March 1, 2020, 6:03 p.m.
  • Location:
    Kingston, Jamaica

Sounds of Life invites you to attend the Sound Culture University from June 10-20, 2020 in Kingston, Jamaica.

At the Sound Culture University, music is life. We highlight the dynamic nature of sound and music in our lives and use the knowledge gained to design applications across a wide range of disciplines and practices.

The SCU is facilitated by dj afifa and will take the form of a road trip along a selected route with planned stops for presentations, demonstrations, recordings and field work.

Dj afifa is a selecta who makes sound projects and spaces inspired by music. She lives and works in Jamaica and is currently working on the memory project; an investigation into the relationship between music, our sound environment and our memory.

Participants will work together with dj afifa to explore the following questions:

Why is it important to understand sound culture?

How does our memory work?

Why is remembering important?

How does sound and music affect our memory?

Can music help us remember?

Can popular music cause memory loss?

How can we apply our understanding of sound and music to address Alzheimers or other memory related illnesses in our society?

Who should apply?

This call is open to students, artist, researchers, health care practioners. Applications are considered on a first come, first basis and there is limited space available.

How to apply

Submit a letter of motivation telling us about yourself and why you want to attend SCU (max 1,000 words) to by March 30,2020. You can include answers to the following questions:

How did you become interested in music and sound?

What work have you done or are you hoping to do with music and sound?

How will SCU support your work and development in sound and music?

Notification of acceptance: April 10, 2020

Fees (in USD)

Registration: $100

Program: $500

Program fees include daily refreshments and resources for 10 days of workshops, presentations and road trips. Successful applicants will be responsible for accommodation*, food, incidentals and airport transfers.

*SCU can provide shared accommodation at $40/night.


Application deadline: March 30, 2020

Notification of acceptance: April 10, 2020

Payment of Registration due: April 30, 2020

Payment of Program*: May 10, 2020

*Payment plans are available.

More information about the workshop program and specifics will be announced shortly. If you have any questions please write to dj afifa at