Dr Frances Wilkins teaches in both the Elphinstone Institute and the Music Department at the University of Aberdeen, and is currently a Visiting lecturer in Ethnomusicology and Scottish Music, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock in Germany.
Soundscapes of Rostock, is an ethnomusicologicalexploration of sounds which in some way define the city and itssuburbs. Based on soundscape theories developed by Raymond MurraySchafer, and based at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HMT)Rostock, the project is led by ethnomusicologists Barbara Alge andFrances Wilkins (from the Unviersity of Aberdeen) in collaboration with students and staff at the HMT andthe University of Technology, Business and Design Wismar. The aim ofthe project has been to capture and record sounds, musical andenvironmental, which in some way identify the different areas of thecity - anything from political rallies and street musicians in the citycentre to electric doors, Christmas market and industrial sounds. Thiswas carried out over five months between October 2010 and February 2011and has resulted in a substantial and important collection of audio andvideo recordings, photographs, fieldnotes, and transcriptions.