RE:SOUNDING aims to locate, record, and digitise the percussive sounds of the bronze Đông Sơn drum.

Displaced by colonisation and the post-war trade in Southeast Asian antiquities, these drums have the significance of announcing the rain, harvests, fertility, and well-being of local communities. Now held in museums and collections throughout the world, this project reimagines how the Đông Sơn drum can conceptually exist beyond the glass display.

In the hands of contemporary artists and musicians, the digitised drum sample will continue the acoustic voice and cultural impact of these ancient instruments.



As a more comprehensive and open source archive of recordings becomes available, a selection of these drum samples will be shaped into a free and easy to use sound app.

Anyone with access to a smart device can remix their own beats.