Holder of a bachelor’s degree in both Physics and Musicology (double major bachelor’s degree Physics-Music, Université Grenoble-Alpes, France, 2020), Luna Valentin completed in 2022 a master's degree in the department of Musicology of Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne, France. Additionally, she is a spelunker advisor (Diplôme d’Initiateur en Spéléologie of the French Federation of Speleology, 2021), and she holds the final diploma of the Double Bass class of the Conservatory of Saint-Etienne (Diplôme d’Études Musicales en Contrebasse, 2022).
Her academic and extracurricular career took on a whole new meaning in the field of archaeoacoustics and speleoacoustics. Thereafter, the research she conducted since 2020 for her Master's Thesis “Archaeoacoustical clues to Paleolithic soundscapes” allowed her to initiate and participate in several research projects in the field of cave acoustics: Field survey on the acoustics of limestone caves in Ardèche (with Philippe Monteil, CESAME), Acoustic modeling of caves trial (with Laurent Navarro, EMSE), Reflection on the methodology of acoustic measurements in caves (with Miriam Kolar, CCRMA).
Luna Valentin is currently a PhD student at Stanford University (California, USA), where she studies Computer Based Music Theory and Acoustics at the Centre for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). Navigating in this rich academical environment, her interests encompass acoustics, signal processing, 3D modeling of acoustics, and music experimentation.
In parallel, since 2021 she is part of the PaleoAcoustics research team, initiated by John Chowning and conducted by Miriam Kolar. Within this team she participates in the acoustic measurements in Chauvet cave and is in charge of the localization system of the measurements, system allowing to connect the acoustic data to the Geographic Information System (GIS).