Sounding Places
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Sounding Places

More-Than-Representational Geographies of Sound and Music

Edited by Karolina Doughty, Michelle Duffy and Theresa Harada

This edited collection examines the more-than-representational registers of sound. It asks how sound comes to be a meaningful ingredient in the microgeographies of place-making through the workings of affect, emotion, and atmosphere, how sound contributes to shaping a variety of embodied and spatially situated experiences, and how such aspects can be harnessed methodologically. These topics contribute to broader debates on the relations between representation and the non- or more-than-representational that are taking place across the social sciences and humanities in the wake of the cultural turn. More specifically, the book contributes to the fertile theoretical intersections of sound, affect, emotion, and atmosphere.
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Chapter 2: Soundings: sensing and encounters in/with/of place

Michelle Duffy, Angela Campbell and Richard Chew

Abstract

Drawing on McCormack’s (2013) notion of fieldworking and Hawkin’s (2011) suggestion of ‘doings’, this chapter seeks to capture the unfolding of the performance of an Australian folk song in a sheep shed. This performance was part of a workshop held at an historic pastoral property owned and operated by Sovereign Hill, an open-air museum in Victoria. We wanted to explore the dynamic change in the region’s environments, landscapes and waterways, acknowledging that they are shaped and shared by humans and non-humans alike. We tasked ourselves with a provocation: to work in small groups and respond to the landscape around us using whatever types of approach, materials and practices we chose. Here we explore one of those provocations, listening to a colleague’s haunting rendition of the folk song, ‘Flash Jack from Gundagai’ in a shearing shed. Our exploration of this draws on non-representational theory—or more-than-representational theory—as an attempt to capture the ephemeral nature of a lived and living experience through art practice, specifically through music.

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