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 Congresso de Organologia 2019 Organological Congress

20-22 / 09 / 2019
Belmonte (central Portugal)

Instruments of culture and peace

We openly set and share our thoughts on the importance of the tools for culture and gathering which the musical instruments are, in human life...

This call addresses, and bridges over, inclusionary reflections as these:

-The enjoyment of the "being" and "making" in music.

-Transposing tributary orientation from sociology into the music making and its correlation to the instruments played. 

-Permeability of subject frontiers in the study of musical instruments.

-Elaboration of typologies and models for practical organological output.

-Theatrical representation in music making of the past, through replicas or original historical instruments, so to say, entailing a social reconstruction by the performance on period instruments.

-And on the other hand, of how the construction of musical instruments  is viewed from a social-theatrical (as our "life is a stage") perspective.

-Application of the great sociological currents* into organology.

-The development of answers to music through musical instruments, acoustics and technology.

-The mental representation, in an individual's stimulation, of the music sphere and its objects.

-The human action, and the biological instincts.

-The social-historical influence on what was done, and what is now perceived as was done, and of what is now done.

Dr Patricia Lopes Bastos / ANIMUSIC

[*Comte, Spencer, Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Solomon, Leroi-Gourhan, Parsons, Mead, Lewin, Girod, Tolmon, Lewin, etc., to name a few examples of leading sociologists.]


Check our Organological Congress 2018, clicking below:

Congresso de Organologia 2018 Organological Congress

7th International Scientific Meeting for the Study of Sound and Musical Instruments

2-3 & 4-7
Julho | July
Caldas da Rainha, Portugal



The oficial updated site of ANIMUSIC will be available when possible | O sítio oficial actualizado da ANIMUSIC estará disponível quando possível


24-27 Agosto | August 2017

6º Encontro Científico Internacional para Estudos sobre Som e Instrumentos Musicais


Informações no sítio do Congresso: aqui







In this special conference we welcome participation from all areas, proposing to communicate your work on scientific and cultural heritage which is thought to be relevant to sound and musical instrument research and creative output, comprising innovative technology and issues regarding sustainability (matters on preservation of rare species and forest genetic resources are among these). We strongly invite all those who care and are willing to step forward with solutions and propositions concerning the four main topics, to be discussed and summoned during the conference days.
ANIMUSIC's Organological Congresses have a limited number of accepted proposals in order to stimulate close contacts between the community and personal involvement in the supported activities, intermingling participants from all over the world. We avoid parallel sessions and promote interdisciplinary exchange, fomenting panels and open discussions. Furthermore, we propose visits to places of cultural importance which are different every year. The Organizing and Scientific Committees have included, for the program of 2017, special recitals and concerts with traditional historic and innovative instruments, namely visiting some of the over 50 historical organs of Porto, composer’s Dr Graham Hair and Scottish Voices superlative music, Ancient Music Ireland presenting the new replicas of the Irish/British Iron Age trumpets (trumpa mór) and a pair of traditional Nepalese narsingra in comparison, ‘Body Music: Japanese Bunraku revisited’ from the project KikiT VisuoSonic presented by Professor Maurice Owen from Southampton Solent University, and a special performance by the archeao-ethnographic music research group from Chile ‘La Chimuchina’ (with the possible support from the Chilean government); exhibition/ENCONTROIM (encounter for makers and collectors of musical instruments); a Skype-presentation from one of the founders of sustainability in music, directly from the USA, Professor Jeff Titon; discussion, panels, roundtables and a brain storm session; workshops and a pioneer Maker's LAB where makers have the chance to explain in detail their original inventions and projects, showing the participants the actual practice; and also the presentation of the newest project in education which is being developed by ANIMUSIC.

Poderá consultar o programa do Congresso de Organologia 2016 : aqui

We invite you to have a look at the program of the Organological Congress 2016 : link

ANIMUSIC was created as a platform for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experience.

We are an open society dedicated to the study of sound and musical instruments in an interdisciplinary approach, uniting science and art. We welcome participation in all our activities, including conferences and workshops, strongly believing in the importance of our field for the general understanding and fruition of our planet’s rich natural and human created heritage.

Our project started over twenty years ago and was legally established as a research institution in 2010, in Portugal, with members joining from all over the world. A network of exchange and mutual help was naturally generated along the years.

ANIMUSIC is non-governmental, non-political and non-profit – it receives financial support from our generous benefactors to foster our projects. Being known as the “positive thinkers & doers”, we are thankful to the open-source community, contributing ourselves as volunteers in this work. We also state our gratefulness to the fabulous people and great institutions who generously cooperate with us, helping to make “things happen”.

ORGANOLOGIA (gregoὄργανον = organon + λόγος = logos): do grego (instrumento+estudo), é a ciência que se dedica ao estudo dos instrumentos musicais e produção de som

ORGANOLOGY (Greekὄργανον = organon + λόγος = logos): from the Greek (instrument+study), it is the science dedicated to musical instruments and the production of sound

The broad science of Organology embraces: ethnology, engineering (mechanical, electronic, physics etc.), acoustics, archaeology, history, museology, conservation, wood science, applied arts, psychology, issues related to the performance or the practical use of musical instruments (neuroscience, ergonomics, morphological anthropology, kinanthropometry, medicine or others), musicology... a general concept, it is dedicated to the study 'of the making' and 'of the playing' musical instruments or sound producing tools...

 We love Art and Science, knowledge and praxis. Music abounds in a whirl of continuous stimulation. Our commitment is to bring people together, welcoming makers, creators, musicians… classic-ethno-world-music-sound inspirations from all parts and fields…


The Organological Congresses in Portugal are special international events which provide the opportunity to present the latest scientific and experimental results in the study of sound and musical instruments, offering practical demonstrations by excellent performers. We foster communication between experts and the general public, promoting dialogue about the cultural patrimony, while at the same time forwarding the most advanced theories, technologies, and applications in a broad interdisciplinary way. We are creating a special platform for inventors and makers to show their work and have them directly available at the "ENCONTROIM". We also welcome schools, collectors, museums, research institutes, all who are involved in this area and the general public, to participate as fundamental contributors for the development of our field.
[The common language is English due to the international character of these meetings.]

[Nota: Estas páginas são maioritariamente bilingues com o intuito de aproximar as pessoas de diferentes nacionalidades que aqui procuram informação, proporcionando nesta plataforma portuguesa o intercâmbio internacional. Empenhamo-nos a trazer a Portugal a investigação que se tem desenvolvido no estrangeiro, e  convidamos os cientistas e artistas que nos visitam a re/conhecerem o património cultural riquíssimo do nosso País, bem como o trabalho que aqui realizamos. Agradecemos a colaboração de todos os que partilham a convicção de que podemos sempre melhorar, de uma forma construtiva e positiva
Note: You shall find an English translation of the majority of the information inserted in this site, usually placed after a sign (| or / ). You might understand that, besides getting to know some Portuguese words and then notice that these are not that different from French or even English... :o), most of the texts relate to a common basic information, such as the locations of things (addresses are one and only), or programs, or authors... so it was thought as preferable to have the English version next to the Portuguese version than to have the full information totally repeated somewhere else. Thank you.