Sounds of War

Sounds of War is an audio magazine about sound, memory, and war. In this podcast we share our thoughts, insights, and processes working with the project SoundTrak - a transnational and trans-disciplinary research project exploring the sonic memories of World War II in Taiwan, East Germany, and Denmark.

Episode 1: Lovesongs at War

In this podcast episode we talk about two famous love songs: one from China and one from Germany. And we will talk about the role of recorded music in the development of collective memories and about love songs as propaganda tools and sites of personal and political memories. 
We focus on the specifics of war memory through song and sound and on the role of censorship from the wartime period and into the present.

Episode 2: From Military Songs to Occupation Sounds

In this podcast episode, we hear how war and war memories are expressed through auditory media. We share two stories across different countries: Japanese military songs in Taiwan and occupation sounds in Denmark. Our first speaker, Chung Ai, shows us how Japanese military songs reflect Taiwan's diverse - and somewhat conflicting - war memories. Next, Sigrid Saabye outlines what the German occupation of Denmark during WW2 sounds like in the nonfiction programmes of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.

Episode 3: Community Singing in Times of Crisis

In this episode we talk about community singing and how it's been used and experienced through times of crisis. We are focusing on community singing during the German occupation of Denmark in WW2, but we will also meet two brilliant experts on community singing and on the history of the German occupation of Denmark who will give their views and contribution to the topic of community singing.

Episode 4: Waves of Reflection: Soundscapes in German Post-War Radio Dramas

Join us for the latest podcast episode ”Waves of Reflection”, where host Wulf delves into captivating conversations with Caroline Kita, an Associate Professor exploring post-WWII German radio dramas. Journey through soundscapes that intricately address war memories and explore the profound interplay of sound and remembrance.

Episode 5: Melodies of Memory – Song Poems and the Bangladesh War in London

In this last episode of our podcast you will meet Jacco Visser, a postdoc from Aarhus University, as he uncovers how "song poems" bring the Bangladesh War of 1971 to life in East London. An engaging mix of sound, commemorations, and politics is now available on the Sounds of War podcast.