A sound-space approach is a more-than-representational approach that provides a framework for careful consideration of rural sound and voice, and opens up opportunities to unsettle assumptions about rural identity, space and place through attention to the ways in which sound can alter perceptions in place, the particular formal character of sound, and the ways in which narratives, emotions and affect influence perceptions of sound in place. By examining rural Parkland in Manitoba, Canada using a sound-space approach, patterns of migration are revealed through an awareness of how affective reactions draw people to sound in a new way, and the ways in which that sound in turn keeps people engaged in place. Listening to the formal character of actual silence in the region draws attention to questions of distance and the vastness of the place. Finally, listening alongside diverse narratives and experiences highlights the open and political character of rural sound.
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