Dr Lola San Martín Arbide

Junior Research Fellow


Research interests include French music during the Third Republic, sound in literature, film music, urban cultural studies, soundscape studies and sound ecology, sound art and sound maps, music and visual arts.


Lola San Martín is a postdoctoral research fellow in Musicology and Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College. She studied a BA in Translation & Interpreting, a BA in Musicology, a MA in Hispanic Music at the University of Salamanca, in Spain, where she also obtained her Ph.D in Musicology. Her doctoral work explored the connections between ambient music and visual arts in the 20th century, with a special focus on issues related to urban culture. She has published on Erik Satie’s Musique d’ameublement, on Spanish sound maps and sound ecology, on soundscapes in 1930s French literature and on film music, which she has kept as a parallel research line. She has carried out research stays at Sorbonne-Paris IV and at the Department of Musicology of UCLA. A complete list of publications is available at: https://oxford.academia.edu/LolaSanMartin

Her current project is entitled “Aural Paris. The Changing Identities of The City of Sound in Music, Film and Literature, 1870-1940. Aural Paris studies how singer/songwriters, composers, authors and filmmakers —such as Victor Fournel, Aristide Bruant, Jean Cocteau, Gustave Charpentier, René Clair and Pierre Mac Orlan— used the city and its sounds as creative force and political metaphor. The study of overlooked, or totally ignored, archival sources and cultural artefacts will enlighten our knowledge of how street culture and city life intersected with art during the Third Republic and will allow us to re-evaluate the politics of the city soundscape and its role in defining French identity.

Lola has experience teaching tutorials at Oxford and in lecture courses (at the University of Salamanca) on subjects such as musical aesthetics, film music, music and mass media and music and nationalism. She is a member of the research group ‘Ciudad, comunicación y cultura’ at the University of the Basque Country, in Spain, and of the research network on music in audiovisual media of the Spanish Musicological Society. She has also developed a career as a translator and sworn interpreter.

Together with Professor Laura Marcus and Dr. Harriet Boyd-Bennett she is currently co-directing the ‘Urban Rhythms’ Network, supported by TORCH: http://torch.ox.ac.uk/urban


Contact details

Lola San Martin Arbide
Junior Research Fellow
Wolfson College
Oxford, OX2 6UD