This winter Christopher Pierce ’12, a junior Timara and Physics double major, will travel to India where he will conduct a series of field recordings documenting the musical life of the state of Gujarat. As Christopher describes it, “Field recording is the most unbiased method by which musical culture can be transmitted across borders. Only the process of editing and the act of recording itself reflect the decisions of the documenter.” The focal point of his trip will be attending and recording music at the traditional wedding of a family friend, but he also plans to attend two major Gujarati festivals, the Kite Festival and the Dance Festival. Christopher is interested in the diversity and range of Indian musical practice, and hopes to record music from the traditional to the modern. He will also be conducting interviews with the musicians, to provide the field recordings with context, and hopes, when possible, to keep the musicians up-to-date on where the recordings go and how they are received. The product of the project will be a short documentary film, a collection of recordings to be added to the Oberlin electronic library holdings, written work on the experience of documentation, the music itself, and electronic music employing audio samples collected from the ambient sound.